press release

The Steady States introduces three major new works by Conrad Shawcross.

They combine his interest in sculpture, science and philosophy and demonstrate the intellectual rigour, technical dexterity and sense of drama associated with his work.

These specially commissioned sculptures - designed for the galleries in which they are shown - draw upon complex themes within the fields of cosmology, quantum mechanics and musical theory. The artist is particularly interested in how these elements combine and link with modern theories about the universe, such as ‘the big bang’ and ‘string theory’.

The exhibition takes its title from the ‘steady-state hypothesis’. This presented a theory about the creation of the universe that was eventually superseded by that of the 'big bang'.

To help get to grips with some of these complex theories, consult our handy glossary of scientific terms


Conrad Shawcross
The Steady States