On the side of Lincoln’s Drill Hall, a local theatre venue recently hosting the likes of Ed Gamble, Sean Walsh and Mark Watson, hangs a solemn looking face looming over passersby. Created out of strips of stainless steel by artist Rick Kirkby, the piece was installed in 2007 and features the typical metal style seen in most of Kirkby’s pieces.
The face does not seem to have any given name, however, has been coined quite descriptively as; ‘The Face’. The placement of the piece gives it a different looks as the sun moves through the sky, with the morning leaving it in shadow and the afternoon onwards bringing an ever changing look for the piece. The reflective surface made up of the handmade strips of steel, directing sunlight at many different angles, mimicking a sparkling effect.
There is something ominous about this piece, in this writer’s opinion. The lack of material where the eyes should be meaning all focus is drawn to the texture of the face, but without physically looking at it. Focus being brought to the eyes instead giving a lack of personality, something which contrasts the facades of any small sized city, such as Lincoln.