Frozen Sky

Langlands and Bell (1955;1959 - )

Wall-mounted, framed and glazed sculptural panel

1997

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall

    "Frozen Sky" comprises two works by Langlands and Bell, one black and one white (GAC 17388/2). At first glance, "Frozen Sky" appears to show two clock faces side by side. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the dials are composed of the three-letter codes used to represent international airports, such as CDG (Paris Charles de Gaulle) and LHR (London Heathrow). Langlands and Bell have been working in collaboration since the late 1970s and are fascinated by the codes and systems by which we live. Here, the use of white on black and black on white suggests night and day, and the twenty-four-hour pace of modern life.

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  • Details
    Title
    Frozen Sky
    Edition
    2/2
    Date
    1997
    Medium
    Wall-mounted, framed and glazed sculptural panel
    Dimensions
    height: 135.00 cm, width: 135.00 cm, depth: 16.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the artists, March 1999
    Inscription
    verso: FROZEN SKY / Langlands & Bell / 1997 / DIPTYCH - LEFT HAND SIDE
    GAC number
    17388/1