As excitement around Nottingham mounts with the opening of the £20 million Nottingham Contemporary last weekend, there has never been a better time to visit Nottingham Playhouse’s two treasures of contemporary art – Sky Mirror and the Geoffrey Clarke Cast Aluminium mural.
Sky Mirror, by the internationally acclaimed and Turner prize winner Anish Kapoor, was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse and is located outside the theatre in Wellington Circus. Sky Mirror was unveiled on 27 April 2001 as part of a sympathetic refurbishment of the Peter Moro designed and Grade II* listed theatre.
Sky Mirror was manufactured in Finland and is a six-metre wide concave dish of polished stainless steel weighing ten tonnes, angled up towards the sky to reflect the ever-changing environment.
In autumn 2007 voters in the Pride of Place survey, hosted by Nottingham City Council, crowned Sky Mirror as their favourite Nottingham landmark.
This magnificent piece of contemporary art already attracts over 100,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy the ever changing façade.
Inside, Nottingham Playhouse is also proud of its Geoffrey Clarke Cast Aluminium mural. The mural runs along the building’s interior drum wall and is a classic example of the artists work with exposed concrete and abstract aluminium shapes, which he cast in his own foundary. In 2001 the lighting around the sculture was redesigned to illuminate and highlight this magnificent piece of artwork.