1951 Space Modulator

While building OB2 during the day I was experimenting with sculptures at night in my cabin below the house and at STC. A member of staff quickly bought this from me so I didn’t get a chance to take any colour photos.

“Space modulation” was a kind of buzzword in the 50s among some architects, implying that architectural elements – walls, floors and ceilings were spatial modulators in a sculptural way. Harry Seidler talked about “simultaneity” between indoors and outdoors with the use of large glass walls intersected by internal walls that continued outdoors, so these are simply words to conveniently label what sensitive architects have known or felt about the very subjective nature of the spaces we live in. These concepts are very real to architects, and sculptors caught the mood as well and “negative” and “positive spaces” and “forms “ abounded.

This sculpture was an attempt by me to create 3D “spaces” with minimum determinants which create variable shadows to further provide limiting elements. The colours were dominant primaries having recessive or advancing qualities of their own which affect our perception of space. The use of spatial elements is barely perceived by the untrained human mind but as our knowledge of perception advances so will our understanding of architectural spaces and their effect upon our senses and feelings.