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Art & Design: Martin Creed at Sketch Gallery restaurant

London’s Sketch Gallery Restaurant has been given a fantastical makeover by Turner-winning artist Martin Creed.

The space has been transformed into an fully-functional, immersive art work, referencing a mix-mash of styles throughout the ages, and filled with all manner of furniture – from wall paintings and furniture to glass, fixtures and fittings and odd antique, modern and hand-crafted cutlery pieces.  As diners sit down to eat, they will themselves become part of the artwork.  His piece entitled Work No. 1347 is a marble zig-zagging, multi-colored floor made from 96 varieties of the metamorphic stone.

“Galleries are so cosseting and precious. In a way, they are fake environments. Art becomes less self-conscious when people are doing other things around it; when the work is just a backdrop,” explained Creed to Wallpaper* magazine on what enticed him towards this huge undertaking.

The project is the first in a long-running program that will invite further contemporary artists to make their own aesthetic mark on the restaurant space.

Read the full interview on Wallpaper* here. – Samantha Fox

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