WORLD a Commission for the University of Bedfordshire
In 2011 Bedfordshire University commissioned Susan to make a piece for their new Luton Campus building. 'World' is made from recycled computer components generously supplied by secure IT Recycling. It is 6.5m wide x 4m high. The choice to base the piece on a world map was guided by the site, the university being a global place of learning where students come from around the world to learn. 'World' is sited in a space where people locate themselves within the building. The computer components are transformed into a sculpture that highlights the materials beauty. They are dissected, their innards exposed, revealing the underbelly of the machines we take for granted, an autopsy of our consumer society. Stockwell chooses these ‘commodity’ materials because in her words they contain "Stains of Existence and act as ready-made signifiers, which she can sculpt and interweave in ways that delicately reveal their obscured politics and hidden beauty." A similar 'World' was commissioned by Black Rock Investments in 2013.