40,000 Years of Modern Art (Middlehaven, Benedict Carpenter, 2005)

Benedict Carpenter’s ‘40,000 Years of Modern Art’ can be found at Hudson Quay, near the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

Commissioned by Terrace Hill and The Helmsley Group – in partnership with Commissions North and Arts Council England North East – the piece was unveiled in September 2005.

Carpenter said the work “sort of looks a bit like ‘something’, seeming a bit human, a bit vegetable, and a bit animal”. He wanted to create something that was almost recognisable, encouraging people to read into the sculpture. Describing it as an evolution from his previous work, Carpenter produced a table showing some of his influences and previous sculptures (from the launch leaflet, below).

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