Canopy | Inflatable sculpture by Steve Messam

Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in County Durham, UK and working internationally. His ephemeral site-specific installations re-imagine the everyday, interrupting historical landscapes and vacant architecture to help us perceive the familiar environment in a new way.

Messam’s works seek to explore and uncover the layers of narrative within the rural environment, frequently drawing on existing uses of the land and reflecting an understanding of the geological, cultural and agricultural practices already being used to shape the landscape. From working with farmers to re-imagining vernacular architecture, his ephemeral, site-specific art installations uncover hidden stories and help a deeper understanding of place.

Working on a scale that is typically ‘bigger than a house’, his works explore the color and scale of place.

We invite you to discover the first intervention Steve Messam ever does in Eastern Europe. Steve proposes a site-specific inflatable sculpture on the facade of the Electro building of the University Politehnica Timișoara. The sculpture called “Canopy” will “parasite” for one month the entrance of the building and can be seen as conversation between the turn of the century Secession and the communist era Brutalism as a microcosm of the wider city.

UPT Campus Creativ is a project initiated by the Politehnica University of Timișoara, part of the national cultural program "Timișoara - European Capital of Culture in 2023", financed by the Grow Timișoara 2023 program, run by the Timișoara Project Center, with amounts allocated from the budget of state, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

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