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Art installation by Portuguese artist Joao Onofre features death metal group in a box
Members of the death metal group "Unfathomable Ruination" recover after performing inside a 183cm by 183cm x 183cm metal cube in central London on July 3, 2014. "Box sized DIE featuring Unfathomable Ruination" is an art installation by Portuguese artist Joao Onofre where the band will be hermetically sealed inside the box before playing for as long as they can until their oxygen supply runs out. The four piece group had to strip their equipment down to the absolute minimum to fit inside the structure. Once sealed inside, members of the public could press their ears to the outside to hear the heavily muted music through the sound-proofed casing. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL.

LONDON.- Box sized DIE featuring Unfathomable Ruination, by Portuguese artist Joćo Onofre, has been placed outside The Gherkin with a selection of Death Metal music performances taking place throughout the summer. Measuring 183 x 183 x 183cm, this steel cube comes to life with a set from the London based Death Metal band, Unfathomable Ruination. Following the band’s entrance, the sculpture is hermetically sealed and sound proofed, meaning the duration of the performance is entirely variable, determined by and restricted to the length of time that oxygen is expended. Activated, the work offers an invisible show contained in a closed space. Only the residues of the sound vibrations attest to the inner performance.

This is the first time that Joćo Onofre’s sculpture has come to London, having toured extensively through Europe at venues including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland. The sculpture takes direct influence from Tony Smith’s pioneering minimalist sculpture Die (1962) having identical dimensions to Smith’s work.

The open air exhibition that draws visitors into the City, transforming the EC3 insurance area also includes works from internationally renowned artists: Cerith Wyn Evans, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Long, Julian Wild, Nigel Hall, Paul Hosking, Peter Randall-Page, Antony Gormley, Jim Lambie and Richard Wentworth. In its fourth year, Sculpture in the City aims to enhance our urban environment with cutting-edge contemporary works from leading artists which are placed in both busy thoroughfares and quieter, green spaces.

Sculpture in the City is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation (the elected body which looks after the Square Mile global business district around St Paul’s), local businesses and the art world, providing the opportunity to engage new audiences with established and emerging contemporary artists. Sculpture in the City is delivered through a partnership between 30 St Mary Axe, Aon, Aviva, British Land, Brookfield Office Properties, Hiscox, Tower 42, Willis and WRBC Development UK Limited with the additional support of project patrons Leadenhall Market and MTEC. With thanks to the artists and galleries; Annely Juda Fine Art; Blain Southern; Lisson Gallery; Lucy Drury; Marlborough Contemporary; New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park; Sadie Coles HQ; White Cube; William Benington Gallery. Sculpture in the City is facilitated and delivered by the City of London Corporation.

Free family events and tours will be held during Archikids Festival 26-27 July and Open House, 20-21 September. Complementary educational programming run by Open-City will inspire schoolchildren during the project installation, held in the iconic towers of the area and around the artwork sites from St Botolphs to Great St Helen’s, and the Gherkin area down to Leadenhall Market.

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