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Art of secret open spaces.


ARTIST Dave Young from Huddersfield is taking art to the masses. The 37-year-old old is fresh from last autumn's Festival of Light, which was the scene for his Pandemonium Engine, a kinetic fire sculpture that was a 'walkabout' sculpture.

Now he's joined forces with another artist, Dan Fox, to create an installation for Liverpool Discovers which is a major public art event in the city that runs until Sunday, March 20. They have created The Mythophones installation which represents open spaces and secret gardens.

Dave explained that The Mythophones are five individual audio sculptures - a combination of gramophone and listening post, containing solar powered audio devices.

The listener can discover nuggets of history, tall tales, sound effects, poems and music, all evoking the atmosphere and stories of each sculpture's unique location in one of Liverpool's little-known but fascinating secret gardens. Dave, who has lived in Huddersfield for the past 17 years, often works with sound and recycled materials with much of his work being done collaboratively.

Last December he created the Pandemonium Engine for Huddersfield's Festival of Light. He uses found, used, discarded and recycled materials and fuses them into strange and unexpected new forms.

He has worked as a sculptor, animator, junk alchemist, blacksmith and welder among other things. He has created giant blue spotted concrete dragons, solar-powered Edwardian Spaceships, wind-powered giants and radio-controlled twittering machines. He believes his greatest achievement is the fact that he is still able to incorporate his love of art into his job and remain as a self-employed freelance artist. Until March 20 Liverpool has been taken over by an unusual trail of bespoke, oversized, multi-media artworks - including a giant telescope, a sugar cube with chains, a mosquito and the world's first musical lamp-posts.


STRANGE EXHIBIT: Dave Young's mythophone in the grounds of St Luke's Church in Liverpool.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2011
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