'Manifold' by British artist Conrad Shawcross will be a bronze sculpture positioned outside the Moorgate entrance of the Elizabeth line station. Taking inspiration from musical harmony, Shawcross has used a machine based on the Victorian harmonograph – with its two pendulums that draw the oscillation of a sound wave – to map the complex shape of a specific piano chord that is falling into silence. Encapsulating the dynamic visual potential of harmonics, the resulting ‘drawing’ will be sculpted in three dimensions using bronze to create a unique signpost at the entrance of the station.
Artists' maquettes, sketches and prototypes are unveiled at the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition, Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth line (13 March - 6 May 2018).
Image: Conrad Shawcross, digital rendering of Manifold, 2017
© Conrad Shawcross
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice