Monolith II

Date 21.03.13 – 09.06.13

Time all hours

Location M Shed


As part of the Bristol’s Festival of Stone Monolith II, by internationally renowned Bristol born sculptor John Maine has been temporarily sited outside Bristol’s M Shed museum. The presentation of Monolith II is the first of a series of events planned prior to the start of the Festival of Stone which will run from 30th May to 9th June 2013 at Waterfront Square.


The art work which was originally commissioned by Sun Life in 1980, with the support of an Arts Council ‘Art for Public Places’. The work is being leant by Friends Life wit the generous support of M Shed, and Phidais Neo Classical who have cleaned the work for its display in Museum Square.

For further information on the Festival of Stone see:

John Maine RA

John Maine is best known for making large outdoor sculpture in stone which relates to the surrounding landscape. His work utilises simple forms such as rings, columns and cones as well as an element of drawing. Physical weight and texture also characterise his sculpture which encourages contemplation and a celebration of the elements. His extensive travels have informed his work and he has created monumental installations in many parts of the world.


Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.