The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has unveiled Martin Creed’s Work No. 1637: FEELINGS in the foyer of its new facilities at Milton Court.
The work was commissioned in collaboration with the Barbican Art Gallery and is displayed over two levels in a floor-to-ceiling windowed corner of the building, visible from many points outside Milton Court and from two floors of the foyer inside.
Creed said in a statement: ‘I don’t know how I feel’.
The work rotates and somersaults while slowly moving up and down in a random sequence. Health and safety concerns, however, have led to certain strictures in the programme so that the work is not within touching distance at certain points in its cycle.
It is one of the artist’s most complex works in terms of its physical engineering: Creed felt the work’s position, visible from below and from far above from the surrounding tall buildings, called for the tumbling effect.
Milton Court itself will open to the public in October, with its 608-seat concert hall, two theatres, three rehearsal rooms and various other facilities almost entirely complete.
Though mainly for student use, there will be a concert programme (including the Barbican’s two newest associate ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia) and the development will be available for use as rehearsal space.
Barry Ife, principal of the Guildhall School, said of the work: ‘We are thrilled to have a piece by Martin Creed in Milton Court. The glass foyers of our new building will act as our “shop window” and we hope that FEELINGS will bring more people into contact with the exciting work of the Guildhall School.’
Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his Work No. 227: The lights going on and off.