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Afloat, Brighton torus

Title: Afloat
Location: Groyne on seafront, near to the Palace Pier
Artist: Hamish Black
Date: 1998

‘Afloat’ is a huge circular donut shaped globe cast in bronze. Situated at the seaward end of the groyne, its centre at eye level allows a view of our world through the sculpture.

The donut or torus (a shape that has a continuous surface with a hole in it) has been posed as a possible model by scientists of how our universe may look.

The sculpture was generated by taking a world globe and pressing the south and north poles together to form a torus.

Now placed on its side the lines of longitude radiate from the central hole, linking the sea and sky.

Across its surface are the shrunken shapes of the major continents, adrift like dark shadows.

from Brighton-Hove Council website

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Aliens and brothers


By David Breuer-Weil

Height: 6m (19’ 8”)

An extension of the ‘Visitor’ series, Alien is a vast 6m tall work depicting a humanoid figure crash landed in the earth. It’s circling legs suggest that this a more permanent development as the figure struggles to free itself from the ground.

“I have always been fascinated by the idea that we are not alone, that a massive Alien might suddenly land on earth. I wanted to capture the sense of wonder and shock that such an arrival would generate.


However, the title Alien also suggests something quite different: the difficulty of being an outsider.

My father arrived in England from Vienna with his parents as refugees in 1938.

My grandfather was interned as an enemy ‘Alien’, a great paradox given the reasons he had to leave Austria, something that my family often spoke about. Sometimes immigrants hide their true identity beneath the surface, like this sculpture. Many of my works, both paintings and sculptures, explore the theme of belonging or alienation. But with this work I wanted to use a vast, breathing human form to express the profound feelings associated with these themes. And I needed the massive scale to portray the intensity of these emotions.”


By David Breuer-Weil

Conceived in 2015 bronze height, 6m

“This sculpture is a human arch, but the arch means something very potent: the joining of two minds. […] connections such as brothers, siblings, partners, friends and joining strangers. […] of coming together, resolution and peace. But it also offers therefore a suggestion of symbolic meanings to every bridge or arch. Every arch is a symbol of connection and resolution.


I believe that it is only a matter of time until technology allows literal telepathy. A few generations ago the idea of phoning somebody thousands of miles away would have seemed like a preposterous fantasy, but now we take that, email and social media for granted. Distances between people that were formerly unbridgeable are now connected in less than a second. I want to express that miraculous element of modernity. Now is in many ways the age of communication.”

The Crypt Gallery

These sculptures are in the St. Pancras Newchurch Yard grounds facing Euston Road. It is a Greek Revival church (built from brick, Portland stone, and terracota) in St Pancras, London, built in 1819–22 to the designs of William and Henry William Inwood.