Title: Gold Lamé

Artist: Tony Heaton

Year:  2014

Medium:  Fibreglass, steel, automotive paint.

Dimensions: 4’.6” (w) x 9’9” (l)

Gold Lame - Tony Heaton

The work is based on an "Invacar", an iconic three-wheeled vehicle designed as a "prosthetic" that was given to wheelchair users free of charge by the NHS, who maintained a fleet of these vehicles for disabled people. They were in commission from 1948 up until the 1980s, when the vehicle was condemned on health and safety grounds.

Tony Heaton is interested in transformation. He often uses iconic objects associated with disability, such as wheelchairs or charity collection cans, changing their meaning and appearance. The piece sees a "Spazz Blue" Invacar transformed from "lame" to Lamé; from blue into gold - mirroring Heaton's own life adjustments - and from "prosthetic to sculpture".

This piece is currently on public display at Liverpool Parish Church as the first sculpture to occupy the outdoor Liverpool Plinth as part of Dot Art's new, annual sculpture competition.

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