MAKING & PUTTING (THINGS)
Rochester's Extraordinary Storyloom
The Story Museum
Commissioned by Arts Council Southeast, Modern Art Oxford, with Oxfordshire City Councils. Produced by Simon Chatterton.
Luminox was a three night event in March 2007 to celebrate 1000 years of Oxfordshire. Dewan's bamboo "Spire" sculpture was the centrepiece of the fire garden created by Nantes-based Compagnie Carabosse. The immersive installation took over Oxford's Broad Street, perhaps the most iconic public space in the UK outside London, and a logistically sensitive one. The 70-foot bamboo sculpture had a firepit hanging from the top, which acted as a pendulum, ticking out 1000 cycles each of the three evenings. 25000 people attended and many talk about the transformative nature of the event.
Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway, commissioned Dewan for the total design of his sophomore solo album, including the building and photography of the sculptures. Philip was actively involved with the design process. Materials were all sourced from a scrapyard, and photos were shot at Radiohead's studio. A gatefold CD, vinyl, and singles covers were created for the project.
Chelsea in Bloom
This award-winning sculpture was commissioned by the Sloane Square branch of Tiffany & Co in London as part of their participation in the Chelsea Flower Show. Thirty Chelsea-based shops participated in the competition to create arresting temporary living displays. Dewan used green bamboo and palm rope to design, source materials, and build the sculpture offsite in just two weeks. The transportable elements were assembled on a Sunday in just three hours before the shop opened. The owners of the building, Cadogan Estates, forbade any drilling into the brickwork, so a bespoke means of anchoring the sculpture was created in order to keep it stable and safe even in a hurricane.
Rochester's Story Supplies
The Story Museum
Oxford's Story Museum commissioned Dewan to create a window display for a fictitious supply store, catering exclusively to storybook characters. The project included "product" design, lettering, and installation. Passersby were attracted by the shopfront and often beguiled into believing the shop was for real, until they could not find the front door.