Mild steel, stainless steel wire, cast resin, shoe soles, heels and uppers, motor and gearing mechanism
Diameter 140cm, drop 200cm approx
Suspended from three concentric steel rings are dozens of cast resin scalpels, a recurring motif in Periton’s work, and dismembered parts of Kirkwood’s shoes – talon-like heels, tongue-like insoles, splayed leather uppers. As the rings slowly rotate in opposition to one another, the translucent, neon and silvered scalpels dart and gleam around the central whirl of shoe elements, enacting the making or unmaking of the shoe. Kirkwood calls it "a play on the theme of ideas being up in the air, constantly evolving or in this case revolving in one's imagination, with the anticipation that the an idea will materialise when it falls back to earth."
The unifying structure of a mobile or chandelier is a clever device to allow Periton and Kirkwood to contribute different elements, while perfectly suiting the clean silhouettes and play of positive and negative space that are the shared elements of their aesthetic.