Temenos is Britain’s largest public art display. Created in collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor, the sculpture is a tribute to the rich industrial heritage of the area – at once the humanising virtue of fragility whilst acting as an epitome of strength.
The work, epic in its magnitude, offers a contrast between the hard and soft, the fine and the robust. What appears to be so delicate from afar is actually formed of two steel rings with steel mesh woven through them. Measuring 110m long and 50m high, Temenos resides at the north eastern corner Middlesbrough Dock, near the Riverside Stadium.
Balmond explains, ‘Even though the work is made of steel, I wanted it to have a fragile materiality and yet describe the twisting form between the rings. The pull against the pole and the two rings tensions the form as it might on a bridge.’