Device for the Observation of Specimens

Andrew Drummond, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in 1997. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
"Observation and Action 1996-2007. For more than a decade, Drummond intensively researched coal, colliery machinery, the history of mines and the volatility and beauty of the South Island's West Coast. Highly ground and polished pieces of anthracite coal that appear in [Drummond's works] 'Scattered Samples' and on the rim of 'Coal Wheel' look as though they have been ejected from a machine. Their faceted, precious appearance created from something dirty and dull led Drummond to design machines that acted with and upon coal. Actions of burning, sparking and drawing occur in occur in 'Walking Device' and 'Reciprocating Device, Drawing', while 'room for Observation' alludes to a scientific classification experiment. Drummond's machines reference nineteenth-century inventions and, combined with the social and political connotations of coal, they offer numerous readings... These machines are driven by the same desire to investigate and analyse that Drummond displayed in his performances and early installations." Jennifer Hay 'Andrew Drummond: Observation / Action / Reflection' published 2010 by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
1500 x 470 x 470 mm
glass, pigmented resin, brass and wood with electric motor
Glass dome containing coal material which rotates at regular intervals, mounted on a wooden stand and on top of a black circular plinth
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist in recognition of Bill Milbank's enablement for artists, 2017
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
04 Nov 2017



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