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ECHOES, MEMORIES, DREAMS
Michael Dan Archer’s stone and iron sculptures have a massive physical presence strongly evocative of ruined ancient architecture and the archaeology of the remote past. The core of this exhibition is formed by a new cycle of work strongly influenced by the artist’s travels and his contact with many different cultures across the world. A recent interest in mud brick and clay technology developed during contacts with archaeologists exploring the famous Neolithic excavations at Catalhoyuk in Turkey. This interest was further developed with help from the experimental department of the Ibstock Brick Company which gave Archer access to the facilities and materials at the Leicestershire works where he has developed new means of making his sculptures in materials such as unfired clay.