Complex ideas from science, mathematics, philosophy and history are all integral to the British artist's sculptures, which are often epic in scale ('Paradigm' 2016 is currently one of the tallest public sculptures in Central London). His eight-metre-high bronze installation, 'Manifold (Major Third) 5:4', for the new Western ticket hall at Liverpool Street station, draws on the artist's interest in harmonics and the mathematics of music.
"It is a picture of a chord falling into silence. It begins its life as this feverish spinning whirlwind and when it gets slower, it gets fatter as the energy in the system dissipates down into the stem which peacefully goes into the ground." Conrad Shawcross
Echoing his installation for Liverpool Street station, Conrad Shawcross' bronze sculpture, 'Harmonic Manifold 1 (5:4)', for Selfridges is also a visual representation of 'major third'. Using this specific ratio between two notes, the piece describes a journey through space as the chord recedes into silence.