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L'Usine L'Usine by Bill Woodrow

L'Usine L'Usine by Bill Woodrow

Gifted to the University by Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton DBE.

Woodrow's work often comments on aspects of a consumer driven, capitalist society, often using discarded domestic appliances to create new objects. The French title of this artwork L'Usine L'Usine, in English, means Factory Factory. It is significant that the work is created from two French cars, from a French factory, Renault's. They are installed side by side on a wall and have clock faces on them. One in particular looks like a grandfather clock. A range of objects hang from the centre of the cars, including a dinner plate with knife and fork, a teapot and a bomb. All items that would be made in a factory. The clocks could refer to the checking in, time clocks you find in factories, used by employers to record their employees start and finish times.