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Title: CP1919 (Unknown Pleasures) Sculpture
Chemical wood, polyurethane paint
32 x 32 x 14cm
Unique (in each colourway)
Client: Peter Saville & Paul Stolper
2006

Between 2003 and 2006 Peter Saville and Morph, collaborated to explore further the original Unknown Pleasures 2003 artwork, this time taking the 3D computer-based model even further resulting in a physical sculpture. The 12 inch square section has been taken directly from the overall form, and each sculpture is unique in that only one is produced per colourway.

“CP1919, currently a work in progress; is a sculptural extrapolation of the graph which depicts successive pulses from CP1919 (the first pulsar ever discovered) which Saville used for the cover of ‘Unknown Pleasures’, Joy Division 1979. The graph which is a linear illustration of the frequency and symmetry of a time-based event was first modelled in three dimensions by Saville and colleague Bill Holding of Morph in 2002 – the resultant landscape being effectively a sculpture of moments in time itself. The entropic associations which in habit the history of the work are amplified by this memorial rendering in a monumental stone – epitomising what writer Michael Bracewell describes in Saville’s work for Joy Division as “the muniments of a crematorium in deep space”.

– Peter Saville

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