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HAVE you heard of David Mach? No ? well, you could probably be forgiven for that unless you are heavily into modern art sculpture.

But anyone who regularly wanders around the centre of Kingston has walked past one of David Mach's creations - the iconic display of 12 old red telephone boxes that have fallen onto their sides like a row of dominoes.

That sculpture is called 'Out of Order' and it has graced the centre of the town in Old London Road since 1989 after it was commissioned by Kingston Town Council as part of the landscaping for the new relief road during the refurbishment of the town centre.

David Mach is a Scottish sculptor and installation artist who has created a number of striking pieces of art over the past 30 or so years. He tends to make use of mass produced objects set into different contexts. Over the years he has made use of magazines, teddy bears, newspapers, car tyres, bricks, match sticks and coat hangers.

Before he produced 'Out of Order', David Mach had risen to prominence with a sculpture called 'Polaris'.

Mach built this outside the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank in 1983. It consisted of around 6,000 car tyres arranged as a life-size replica of a Polaris submarine - at that point the UK's main nuclear deterrent.

The artist wanted the sculpture to be a protest against the nuclear arms race but it so incensed one member of the public that he tried to set fire to the structure and was unfortunately caught up in the flames and died from his injuries.

David Mach has continued to produce a wide variety of what he calls 'installation art' following on from his Kingston masterpiece.

One of the most striking is 'The Brick Train', a sculpture built from 185,000 bricks which depicts an LNER class A4 steam locomotive. It can be seen close to a Morrison's Supermarket on the A66 road just outside Darlington.

He is also responsible for 'The Big Heids' - a tribute to the Scottish steel industry, sited beside the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

David Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988. He joined the Royal Academy of Arts as Professor of Sculpture in 2000.

When asked about his town centre sculpture in Kingston, Mach described it as 'anti-minimalist' (no, we don't know what that means either?)

What we do know is that most of the local residents we've spoken to rather like the sculpture and regard it as a pleasing splash of colour and a talking point which is worth pointing out to friends and visitors.

What do you think of it? Drop us a line and let us know at info@kaieteurpublishing.com.

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