Work No. 370 Balls
© Martin Creed

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Work No. 370 Balls 2004
  • Scottish Art
This work consists of almost 1,000 balls, each different in scale, weight and appearance, and so meant for a different function. In assembling these, Creed has produced a work that can be considered an anthropological investigation. The artist has explained that the installation is ‘about exploring shape, size and colour, but it also has a physical aspect to it. It is an attempt to make something that exaggerates the importance of people by putting them among it. For me the experience of looking at art should always be a physical one.’ The installation is a development of Creed’s work with air and encourages the visitor to consider the relationships between objects, people and space.

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Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the 20th century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.

Installation art


  • Acc. No. GMA 4762
  • Medium Balls of various kinds
  • Size Various
  • Credit Purchased from the Iain Paul Fund with assistance from the Art Fund 2005