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A view of the Eden Biomes with the Crowd 4 artwork in front

Crowd. 4.

A specially commissioned artwork created by Julian Opie in homage to Eden’s visitors, in the heart of our Outdoor Gardens. 

Julian Opie

Julian Opie
Crowd. 4., 2019

The distinctive style of Julian Opie’s sculptures, paintings and films is known throughout the world. Always exploring different techniques, both cutting edge and ancient, he plays with ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life.

In this new work, created especially for the Eden Project, a small group of people walk together but remain independent – creating a monument of a crowd or a flock. Julian Opie writes, ‘Walking is the most natural and commonly seen form of human movement and also what makes us different from most other animals. An individual’s gait is particular and as revealing as your handwriting or voice.’

About the artist

With public commissions from Seoul to New York, Luxembourg to Zurich and an uninterrupted flow of large museum exhibitions internationally, the work of Julian Opie is known throughout the world. Julian Opie’s distinctive formal language is instantly recognisable and reflects his artistic preoccupation with the idea of representation, and the means by which images are perceived and understood.

‘Everything you see is a trick of the light. Light bouncing into your eye, light casting shadows, creating depth, shapes, colours. Turn off the light and it’s all gone. We use vision as a means of survival and it’s essential to take it for granted in order to function, but awareness allows us to look at looking and by extension look at ourselves and be aware of our presence. Drawing, drawing out the way that process feels and works, brings the awareness into the present and into the real world, the exterior world.’

Always exploring different techniques both cutting edge and ancient, Julian Opie plays with ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life; his reductive style evokes both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us. Taking influence from classical portraiture, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as public signage, information boards and traffic signs, the artist connects the clean visual language of modern life with the fundamentals of art history.

For more information visit Julian Opie's website

Crowd. 4. courtesy of Julian Opie.

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