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ROCKWOOL Heating and Ventilation Pipe Showcased in Dramatic Giant Modular Sculpture

An exciting new piece of artwork by artist, Lubna Chowdhary, has taken heating and ventilation pipe to the next level with an impressive 6.5m by 5.5m sculpture which embodies the growing trend for exposed pipework as an architectural design feature.

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The “Erratics” exhibition was commissioned by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and features a sculpture made possible by a ROCKWOOL donation of 320 metres of its RockLap H&V Pipe Sections, sized with a 140mm inner diameter and wall thickness of 25mm.

The artist, Lubna, has previously created many commissioned architectural works and the ROCKWOOL piece, “Modular 4”, continues the tradition of her site-specific work, playing with scale, repetition, modularity and geometry to occupy the expansive gallery space at MIMA.

The ROCKWOOL insulation used for the sculpture consists of pre-formed cylindrical sections of stone wool with a layer of factory-applied foil on the outer surface. Traditionally used for heating and ventilation pipes in a range of settings, RockLap H&V Pipe Sections are designed to maintain the optimum temperature of pipe services, thereby reducing energy consumption.

Speaking about her repurposing of ROCKWOOL insulation for Modular 4 and treating it as an unconventional sculptural material, Lubna, said: “My work continuously investigates the relationship between the industrial and hand-crafted, and the industrial precision and modular system of ROCKWOOL was something I could work directly and immediately with. It was a material that could be easily formed and constructed into more complex shapes with minimal tools and processes.”

Commenting on the use of ROCKWOOL RockLap H&V Pipe Sections, Will Wigfield, HVAC & Fire Product Manager at ROCKWOOL, said: “Our HVAC products are often deliberately left exposed in modern commercial, retail and leisure projects to provide an attractive and interesting focal feature that blurs the line between function and aesthetics. It is fascinating to see how Lubna has taken this one step further and transformed RockLap into such a stunning and imposing piece of art. ROCKWOOL was pleased to be able to donate these materials and see them transformed into something so special.”

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