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Oscar Tuazon: Live Steam Shift Whistle (as part of The Promise)

As part of Arnolfini’s summer exhibition The Promise, US artist Oscar Tuazon presents a specially commissioned sculpture Live Steam Shift Whistle (2014) on The Downs, Bristol.

The work, formed of a 20 foot steel cylinder and large concrete fire pit, doubles as a community barbeque and can emit steam and a whistle.

Tuazon's striking, monolithic sculpture playfully questions the relationship between Bristol's residents and one of its most iconic public spaces by opening The Downs for previously prohibited communal activity. The sculpture, which takes inspiration from the tradition of architectural follies in landscape parks, is a monument to the people's use of the site and a shared cultural history. The dual function of his work harks back to an ancient tradition of communal sharing, eating and shelter by firelight.

Throughout the summer, the sculpture will play host to a programme of Summer Barbeques, catered by top Bristol restaurants Rice n Thing and The Cowshed. On the opening day, families are invited to use the sculpture themselves to barbeque and picnic in the picturesque area.

Oscar Tuazon (b.1975, Seattle, USA) creates sculptures that are not just for viewing, but can be inhabited or utilised. Inspired by what he calls "outlaw architecture", Tuazon's work is flavoured by the crude, DIY structures of American survivalists who decide to go off-grid. Over the last six years, Tuazon has taken his constructions of wood, concrete and steel to spaces across Europe. In 2012, Tuazon produced three site-responsive sculptures for the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, which became part of the functional, everyday furniture of the park.

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With kind support by Simplyhealth – Art in the Public Realm Commission Award

Open Barbeque (on The Downs)

Open Barbeque (on The Downs)

Sunday 20 July 2014, 11:00 to 14:00
Join us for a special open barbeque event where you can cook on Oscar Tuazon's specially commissioned sculpture Live Steam Shift Whistle.
Summer Barbeque: Rice and Things (on The Downs)

Summer Barbeque: Rice and Things (on The Downs)

Sunday 03 August 2014, 11:00 to 18:00
Join us for a special barbeque event, hosted by Jamaican restaurant Rice and Things and cooked on Oscar Tuazon's specially commissioned sculpture Live Steam Shift Whistle.
Summer Barbeque: The Ox (on The Downs)

Summer Barbeque: The Ox (on The Downs)

Sunday 17 August 2014, 11:00 to 18:00
Join us for a special barbeque event, hosted by restaurant The Ox and cooked on Oscar Tuazon's specially commissioned sculpture.
Bristol Bike Ride: Leigh Woods to The Downs

Bristol Bike Ride: Leigh Woods to The Downs

Sunday 21 September 2014, 12:30 to 14:00
A guided cycle ride led by Sustrans and culminating at a special barbeque on The Downs by Oscar Tuazon's sculpture Live Steam Shift Whistle.
Summer Barbeque: The Cowshed (on The Downs)

Summer Barbeque: The Cowshed (on The Downs)

Sunday 21 September 2014, 11:00 to 18:00
Join us for a special barbeque event, hosted by The Cowshed and cooked on Oscar Tuazon's specially commissioned sculpture Live Steam Shift Whistle.
The Promise

The Promise

Saturday 19 July 2014 to Sunday 09 November 2014, 09:00 to 17:00
A dialogue between the city and its people. Arnolfini presents The Promise - an exhibition of international contemporary art with a focus on the city of Bristol.