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Title

The tower

1984

Artist

Anthony Howell

England

1945 –

Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
Alternate image of The tower by Anthony Howell
  • 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
    Copyright
    © Anthony Howell Photograph: Peter Rasmussen

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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

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