Wave Sweeper, 2023
During his time at SWS UK, Sapien was drawn to the geometric steel forms and fast moving production of metal slats inside the plant, and the sharp contrast of the slow moving River Lune outside the factory. Alongside periods of making at the artist’s Sheffield based studio, SWS UK workied in conjunction to realise designs informed by their research and development team and expert workforce, using powder coating facilities and design fabrication.
In residence, the artist spent time observing the making process and being part of the daily conversations and rhythms. Time at the factory also involved exploring the local area – walking the River Lune that meanders through the valley all the way to the Irish sea, almost touching the factory on its ancient journey.