Alison Wilding (born 1948 in Lancashire, UK) has a penchant for stripping away at the surface to see what is underneath. One of the most respected British sculptors, her investigative work revolves around an interest in the perceptual and philosophical questions concerning matter, space, and light. Trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, Wilding often employs traditional processes such as modeling, carving, and casting in the… Read more
About the artwork
Inspired by a radio play about the scientists who worked on the first atomic pile in 1942, Alison Wilding became intrigued by the structure designed and constructed during the Second World War—an object that echoes the stepped pyramids of ancient civilizations. In conditions of high security and extreme secrecy, the pile was constructed in a disused squash court on the University of Chicago campus. Wilding's object, Rising, echoes the structures shape. Despite being cast in acrylic in a state-of-the-art pressurized autoclave, the pigmentation of each sculpture is, by contrast, mixed by hand, ensuring that no two can be identical and that chance has a part to play in the final artwork.