William Pye Water Scupture

Zemran

This is one of a series of pieces made from industrial components, inspired by the industrial landscape of factories, oil rigs and so on. A lot of the material came from the scrap yards of British Oxygen Cryogenic Plant in North London. My friends Charles and Nadia Gordon (Nadia Nerina, the ballerina) sponsored me to realise the piece I had in mind, and it was finished in time to be included in the British Sculpture '72 exhibition at the Royal Academy.

As sponsors of the work, the Gordons proposed it for the end of the pier, then under construction, of Brighton Marina. When this plan fell through they offered it to the Greater London Council to go on the South Bank. I later learned that a furious bebate took place between the parties at the GLC and it only got through by one or two votes. It was sited outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking the Thames and unveiled in May 1972 by Nadia Nerina.

  • Zemran on London South Bank
  • At Loseley House, Surrey
  • Zemran on London South Bank

Maquette

  • Maquette for Zemran