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).