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Falling Trophy

Cornelia Parker
1991

Cornelia Parker was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and is renowned for installations in which altered states of matter bring about transformations of meaning.

In 1988 she flattened 1000 silver-plated objects with a steam roller to construct Thirty Pieces of Silver now in the Tate collection. A piece entitled Falling (1990) in the British Council collection also makes use of flattened trophies and silver wire and is very much a parallel piece to Falling Trophy.

The piece is mounted in a perspex box which can be wall-mounted.

For some years Cornelia Parker’s work has been concerned with formalising things beyond our control, containing the volatile and making it into something that is quiet and contemplative like the ‘eye of the storm’.

She is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations, which allow the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary.