Public Art: Crowd
- Title of artwork: Crowd (temporary commission)
- Materials: Heavy steel rod, galvanised steel mesh, beach shingle
- Location: Brighton beach
Artists: Liz Whitehead, Paul Harrington
Technical Support: Philip Morgan
- Date: 1999
- Information download: Crowd [PDF 512kb]
'Crowd' was a temporary public art work set on Brighton seafront throughout April 1999. It represented a summer's afternoon on Brighton beach, suggesting family outings, sunbathers, walkers and walking lovers.
The project was funded by National Lottery Funds plus private donations and support in kind from a number of individuals and organisations. Artists Liz Whitehead and Paul Harrington created 'Crowd' with technical support from Philip Morgan. They welded steel frames inside each figure and modelled a mesh on the outside of the figure over each frame. This took several weeks work spread over a number of months. The figures were then installed on the beach on 7th April 1999, where they were filled with beach stones which took a team of 9 people the whole day to complete.
The work was interactive and accessible; visitors could become a part of the work- examining, touching and moving amongst the pebble people. As the day past, the shadows lengthened and the beach cleared, 'Crowd' became a collection of strange statues, a slice of the days' human activity frozen in a stony snapshot.