All Are Related is an addition of geometrical sculptures based on the Dodecahedron, the fifth platonic solid. The work was created during the 2020-2021 COVID Pandemic Lockdown. Like the other four geometric sculptures in the Nothing ‘is’ Immediate project, its based on a shape commonly found in nature, but generally hidden from human perception.
Spencer used the Dodecahedron form to create bird boxes as a reaction to his experience spending days in the garden, where he also built a studio space during Lockdown. With the dramatic decrease in road and air traffic noise, there was a noticeable rise in volume of birdsong in our gardens and parks. Reports suggested that the sound and sighting of birds across the UK were having positive effects on our mental health and the ability to manage the long period of Lockdown.
In reaction, Spencer created six bird box sculptures to display in trees outside the partnering galleries of the Nothing ‘is’ Immediate project, including: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Chapel Arts Studios and spudWORKS. They were installed in Spring 2021, during a time when the Galleries were closed to the public, and the green spaces became accessible before the Government created a roadmap to re-opening public buildings.
A further Bird Box was made to incorporate a miniature, as a collaboration between Tony Spencer and his nephew David Spencer. It was produced for the associate artist exhibition Relational Beings – Exploring co-connection at Chapel Arts Studios, which opened in May 2021. Creating the work supported the two artists through a time when mental wellbeing, creative expression and connection helped to support them and others other through the Pandemic.
Materials: reclaimed pallet wood, wood, 3D printing, flock
© Tony Spencer and David Spencer 2021