A COUPLET - PERMANENT SITE-SPECIFIC COMMISSION, BURY SCULPTURE CENTRE, MANCHESTER, UK, 2014
A Couplet, which marks the entrance of Bury Sculpture Centre. Made from brightly coloured aluminium and stainless steel, contrasting with the stone building surrounding it, this landmark work is inspired by the historical identity of the town, taking elements from its industrial past; forged iron, paper (papyrus tree), wool, cotton, the weaving industry, to create abstract elements.
Traditionally, in Asia you will often find a pair of guardianship statues or paintings outside the entrance doorways of public buildings, such as pairs of lions, angels, or even intimidating warriors, as symbols to bring good fortune and prosperity and also prevent bad luck. A Couplet acts as a welcoming symbol to greet people to Bury Sculpture Centre and also as an intriguing attraction to entice more visitors.