Grenville Davey: Well

Well is based on the shape of a fizzy drinks can. Everyday, mundane things that have been dramatically scaled up to many times their original size, the cans feel at once familiar and unusual. This is emphasised by the fact that the expected colourful visual branding normally paired with the form isn’t present. In other respects the cans echo the objects on which they were based, and the way they have been crushed was carefully choreographed to make it appear that hard steel has been squashed in the same way that a thin aluminium drinks can would be, before being cast aside.

Pairs of related items, as in these two can forms, often feature in Davey’s work, exploring similarity and difference. Well was made the year after the artist won the Turner Prize.

Derail of Grenville Davey Well 1993 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park