Vantage teamed up with installation artist Graham Hudson for the seventh time to build a scaffold installation for Burberry's flagship store in Regent Street. Sisyphus Reclined, commissioned by Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci is on show to the public until January 2019.
The Unlikely Lads
Matt and Graham, 2018
This September, in the centre of Burberry’s flagship London store a “dirty great scaffold” has been unveiled, built to showcase designer Riccardo Tisci’s new Autumn collection. At first glance, visitors would be forgiven for thinking the store was still under construction, but in fact the three-storey high scaffold, is one of artist Graham Hudson’s most recent installations. Constructed from industrial scaffold the artwork Sisyphus Reclined was built with the help of his friend and long-term scaffolder provider, Matt Bowler from Milton Keynes.
Graham Hudson’s installation Sisyphus Reclined for Burberry, London 2018
Artist Graham Hudson, 41 and Matt Bowler, 36, first met at MK Gallery in 2009 where Graham was commissioned to install his work titled ‘A Considerable Extension in Time and an Insignificant Extension in Space’ which consisted of a multi-levelled framework of scaffolding and pallets. Having approached several scaffolding firms who had turned him down, it was Matt Bowler from MK Scaffolding and Vantage Event Structures who accepted the commission and since then, Matt and Graham have collaborated on seven different projects, Burberry’s being the most recent.
Graham Hudson’s A considerable extension in time and an insignificant extension in space, MK Gallery (2009)
So how did a Scaffolder from Milton Keynes and an artist from Kent end up having such a close working relationship? Graham explains “when I first met Matt I really liked his craftmanship but also his openness. It’s quite a rarity to get people in the scaffolding industry to take art seriously, but Matt responds intuitively so it’s collaborative”. Graham is a regular visitor to Matt’s Old Wolverton business premises where both Vantage Event Structures and MK Scaffolding are stationed. Matt explains “Graham and I sometimes work out elements of his installation in the yard using the scaffold and then build them on site, which is really exciting”.
Graham Hudson and Matt Bowler in Milan, 2009
Since their collaboration at Milton Keynes Gallery almost a decade ago, the two have worked together in Milan for Fendi and in London for Comme de Garcon at Dover Street and Selfridges, where an explosion of scaffold poles were delicately poised in the shop window and an 8ft crane digger was installed along with a statue of Venus de Milo statue in Selfridge’s interior. Other collaborations have seen them working for Japanese gaming company Nintendo and most recently for Burberry.
Graham Hudson for Comme des Garcons, Selfridges (2017)
Carsten Holler’s Decisions Installation at The Hayward Gallery, 2015