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Live installation by international sculptor David Mach

ONFife Announces Live installation and Exhibition by international artist David Mach

For the first time visitors will be able to watch the live installation of an exhibition by the artist in an ONFife gallery. The public will be able to watch charismatic and entertaining Fifer, Mach build a large-scale sculpture in the award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

Royal Academician, David Mach will be creating his new work, Odyssey from Monday 7 October until Friday 11 October. The exhibition will run at the Dunfermline venue until Sunday 2 February 2020.

In the 1980s David paved the way for installation art with his first sculpture, a giant Polaris submarine made from car tyres. Much of his early work was created from enormous intricate constructions of newspapers, none of which were fixed with glue, nails or screws. In the intervening years he has worked with match heads, pianos, full-size billiard tables, dishwashers and coathangers.  To coincide with his exhibition at DCL&G, ONFife will be displaying Mach’s striking sculpture of a head made from coathangers as part of major rehang of the permanent collection at Kirkcaldy Galleries.

For this installation at DCL&G, the artist will be returning to using newspapers in the construction. Creating the appearance of dynamic, fluid movement with six tonnes of The Sunday Post, the papers will be spilling out of a shipping container. 

Talking about his October exhibition David said:

 “Sea containers carry the world’s stuff. We make, we produce, we trade. We’re obsessed with it. It’s in our genes. We use these boxes to hold our ideas and designs. They travel the globe with our history and our culture in one long continuous journey. It’s no wonder they appear like Greek temples, their long ribbed sides replicating pillars, their short gable ends holding the doors to the Aladdin’s Cave inside.”

Lesley Botten, Interpretation Team Leader, ONFife Cultural Trust, said:  “Back in February I invited David Mach to come and look at DCL&G’s galleries to see if he felt inspired to exhibit with us.  I knew he was thinking big when almost the first question he asked was “how’s the access to the building?” Staging “Odyssey” is a logistical challenge and we’re really enjoying working on this ambitious installation. It reflects the challenge David poses in his work.  I can’t wait to see it come together.  And I’m looking forward to seeing how our visitors’ respond.”

The exhibition is supported by DC Thomson Media, The Sunday Post and Fife Group with Briggs Marine helping to supply shipping buoys for the installation.

David Mach: Odyssey, Free Exhibition
MON 7 OCT – SUN 2 FEB 2020 at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. Opening times are at

This exhibition is a partner event in VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.

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