“I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language” by Richard Tuttle

“I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language” by American artist Richard Tuttle is a giant art presented in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern.

This newly commissioned sculpture has been suspended from the ceiling and at more than 12 m high, is the artist’s largest-ever sculpture. CampbellReith’s Sam Knight, Senior Engineer and Sivam Somars, Associate contributed to the sculpture’s engineering “content”. Employed by Scott Fleary Productions to provide structural advice and analysis, the team analysed the internal framework proposals and modified the design to ensure a structurally efficient frame could be constructed within the limitations of the sculpture itself.

“This was a fantastic project to be involved in and only goes to highlight the vast variety of projects CampbellReith is able to deliver”, says Sam. The sculpture combines vast sways of fabrics designed by the artist from both man-made and natural fibres in three bold and brilliant colours. The internal structure had to remain hidden from view and fit within the shape of the various panels to avoid changing the design of the sculpture. The final engineering design included a steel frame constructed from thin walled SHS sections welded together to form a grillage.