A much-loved Alien lands in the grounds of a 13th century abbey
Artist David Breuer-Weil’s Alien has become a much-loved London landmark; it is even pictured on the Welcome Board at Luton Airport. When located in Grosvenor Gardens by Victoria Station, tourists could be seen taking its photo and Londoners used Alien as a sunbathing spot or backrest while they lunched.
Five times the size of the average person, this monumental work has really captured everyone’s attention and affection. Now Alien is landing in its new home at the National Trust’s beautiful 13th-century abbey Mottisfont in Hampshire.
Breuer-Weil said: "I am delighted for my large sculpture Alien to have landed at Mottisfont, where there have been visitors for over 800 years, dating back to the 13th century. My visitor is an Alien from another world, another culture, representing contemporary life where visitors can arrive not just from other cultures but also from other spheres. I want to surprise the viewer here with the shock of recognition. Alien is another version of ourselves."
The massive scale of the work helps portray the emotions expressed and heighten the drama of its presence. Alien is executed in the loose sculptural style that is the hallmark of Breuer-Weil's monumental pieces. The work is scaled up from an originally much smaller maquette and the finger prints and marks of the artist have also been scaled up. This means that the work - as well as its subject - appears to be the consequence of some greater, gigantic being.
Breuer-Weil believes that every human is a fallen angel in some sense. Alien brings together these contemporary and timeless themes. The textured dynamism of the bronze makes the figure seem alive as the human form radiates between raw physicality and emotion. Discover more at www.davidbreuerweil.com.