27 March 2009
The winner of the Jerwood Sculpture Prize 2009 is Michael Visocchi. His proposal for ‘Yield’ has been awarded the 2009 Jerwood Sculpture Prize’s winning commission of £25,000. Yield will be produced as a large-scale, permanent sculpture to be unveiled at the Jerwood Sculpture Park, in the grounds of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire in spring 2010.
Visocchi worked with Peacock’s printmakers in 2006 to produce his first ever screenprints and etchings which were shown in his exhibition ‘Beneath Running Skies’ and are still available at Peacock.
For his proposal ‘Yield’, Visocchi has taken scaled down models of electricity pylons found near Ragley and placed one on top of the other. Constructed in galvanized mild steel, the sculpture will stand as a contemporary monument to modern day technology and, at 18m in height, will be an impressive presence in the landscape. In choosing to take the form of the pylon as his Jerwood sculpture, Visocchi makes us think again, not only about the design of these structures, which so often we do not even notice in the landscape, but about the 21st-century issues of climate change, carbon footprints and renewable energy.