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Title

The tower

1984


Artist

Anthony Howell

England

1945 -


About

"The Tower" is a performance which consists of raising an edifice in a space with a ceiling of great height. This edifice is constructed out of tables. Construction and deconstruction of this tower is an arduous performance; and deconstruction follows construction on consecutive days during an exhibition.

Performance 25 January - 1 February 1984 at the AGNSW in association with Sydney College of the Arts. Sponsored by the Bushells Trust.

Draughted drawings by Dilys Bidewell. Photographs, connection system and tackle design by Peter Rasmussen.


Details


Date

1984


Media categories

Drawing , Photograph


Materials used

boxed portfolio of 8 draughted drawings, 8 gelatin silver photographs, selenium toned and one title page


Dimensions

a - Title page; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet

b - The Tower (Axonometric sketch); 59.5 x 42.1 cm; sheet

c - Nine levels; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet

d - Ground plan; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet

e - Lower level overlays; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet

f - Upper level overlays; 59.4 x 42.1 cm; sheet

g - Upper chute perspective; 59.5 x 42.1 cm; sheet

h - Pivot details (details 1-3); 59.4 x 42.1 cm; sheet

i - Pivot details (details 4-5); 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet

j - Two tables (set 1); 38.5 x 26.1 cm; each image

j - Two tables (set 1); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet

k - Two tables (set 2); 38.5 x 26.2 cm; each image

k - Two tables (set 2); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet

l - Two tables (set 3); 38.5 x 26.2 cm; each image

l - Two tables (set 3); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet

m - Suspended table; 29.5 x 26.1 cm; each image

m - Suspended table; 42 x 59.4 cm; sheet

n - The chute; 38.6 x 53.8 cm; image

n - The chute; 42.1 x 59.3 cm; sheet

o - four wires; 38.6 x 54 cm; image

o - four wires; 42.1 x 59.4 cm; sheet

p - Three clamps; 53.9 x 38.5 cm; image

p - Three clamps; 59.3 x 42.1 cm; sheet

q - Turn buckles; 53.8 x 38.5 cm; image

q - Turn buckles; 59.3 x 42.1 cm; sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. verso [nos. a-i] and c. verso [nos. j-q], pencil "Howell/ March '84".


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

279.1984.a-q


Artist information

Anthony Howell

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Delineations, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 28 Oct 1989–25 Nov 1989


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Ursula Prunster, Art and Australia, 'Project and Performance', pg. 96-102, Sydney, Spring 1984, 101 (colour illus.).