Gus Skottowe

2021 National Sculpture Prize | Finalist

A screen, a portal, a window, a shrine.

Rituals of the Technium

On a fundamental level the handcrafted lead and glass facade takes the form of a scaled up RGB (Red, Green, Blue) pixel array; the inherent structure found in every digital screen across our technological ecology. This pixel structure accumulates to form a pixelated circular window in ode of the rose window; the stained glass center piece commonly found in gothic cathedrals.

The piece invites you to bask in the light of an evolving portrait of our collective digital consciousness. It hopes to help contemplate how a lower visual resolution can maybe offer a higher perceptual resolution upon our new age digital existences.

A window

Into the digital age

The fundamental life blood making up these digital realities is digital data; a new age material; collected, processed and distributed via the internet and all it’s nodes; a network at a mere embryonic stage; destined for the eventuality of becoming an all knowing, all present and all powerful entity or in-effect the reincarnated concept of God?

The digital stained glass window uses the spiritually loaded associations we have of stained glass acting as a window to God and draws the parallels it has with our contemporary use of the screen as a portal to ‘big data’

The public vote is live

July - November 2021

This year, for the first time ever, all voting will be done in person at the estate. Visitors are invited to explore the exhibition and select their winner. The public vote will take place between 1st July 2021 and 31st October 2021.