‘Loo roll’ sculpture on Exeter Quay receives mixed reaction

A piece of art jokingly dubbed a ‘loo roll’ sculpture is among the intriguing new sites that have suddenly appeared in downtown Exeter.

At the wharf, artist Walid Siti’s large stack of white patterned cylinders – measuring three meters in height – on a pontoon along the River Exe prompted many to do a double take.

It is one of four works of art that make up a new public art project called Museum at Large.

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Behind the creative installations is Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), whose aim is to draw inspiration from the museum’s collection on the streets of the city.

Born in Iraqi Kurdistan, Walid applied for political asylum in 1984 in the United Kingdom where he lives and works.

Walid works in a variety of mediums including video, installation, 3D works, paper work, and painting.

His work is part of notable international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the British Museum.

His latest sculpture, Textscape, is said to be from the RAMM’s collection of cuneiform tablets in Mesopotamia.

The reaction to his work Museum at Large was shared on Facebook.

The installation of Walid Siti at Exeter Quay

An article on the public group Exeter Past and Present said, “When I saw it, I thought, what is it?

“I’m going with a stack of toilet rolls with a hieroglyphic pattern.”

Reviews in response to the post were mixed on the Facebook page.

One person said, “It’s a beautiful facility. I love the reflections on the surface of the water.

However, another simply said, “Eyeesor.”

Adding a bit of humor to the debate, someone commented, “Good use of purchased toilet paper rolls when panic buying while on lockdown.”

A nationwide open call saw submissions from a range of innovative artists who were reduced to four.

Museum at Large will lead a weekend of arts and cultural activities in Exeter, working with partners such as the Northcott Theater, Phoenix Shopping Center and Princesshay, among others.

Funded through a National Lottery Project Grant from the Arts Council, artists, creative collaborators and museum professionals will create a dynamic program of artistic activities, culminating with four temporary art commissions on display in today’s downtown. Tuesday October 29th to Sunday October 31st. .

A spokesperson for RAMM said: “Museum at Large will reconnect people with the city, history and museum collections, with works in a range of media – sound, light, sculpture, installation – encouraging residents and visitors to Exeter to explore the treasures of RAMM in a fresh and exciting way. “

Giving a more in-depth look at his work, Walid said: “Recently I have become interested in the use of poetry with my work, but text as language, history as heritage and representations of Power structures through architecture have always been the main aspects of my practice.

“From that perspective, the public art installation Textscape, commissioned by the RAMM / Museum at Large, will embody all of the diverse layers combined over the years and I am extremely happy to be a part of this opportunity / project.

Locations of works:

Museum in general Location 1Gayle chong kwan
Storefront, next to St Pancras Church, Guildhall Shopping Center, EX4 3HP.

Gayle Chong Kwan’s work, shown here on video, can be seen on processional routes throughout the city, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Museum in general Location 2 – Walid Siti
River Exe at The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AP.

The sculptural work of Walid Siti is installed on a pontoon on the Exe river at the Quai. The work is also visible outside of the official opening hours of the project.

Museum at Large Location 3 – Jon Street
Sainte-Catherine Chapel and Hospices, Catherine Street, Exeter EX4 7JJ.

Jon Street’s work will be presented between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Installation of Caro Williams at the gardens of Rougemont
Installation of Caro Williams at the gardens of Rougemont

Museum in general Location 4 – Caro Williams
Jardins Rougemont, rue du Château, Exeter EX4 3PT.

Caro Williams’ work consists of a sound installation that takes place between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. and a sculptural installation visible at all times.

For more details on Museum at Large, please click here.

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