Cave Rug

Gavin Turk


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Pictured Size
2.44m diam (8' diam)

Hand Knotted

Handspun wool

About This Rug
This rug is taken from the plaque the artist made based on those seen on the façades of London houses of distinguished former residents. His examiners on the MA course at the Royal College of Art famously failed him when he submitted this piece for his degree show. The plaque has since gone on to become iconic.


Gavin Turk notoriously failed to graduate from the Royal College of Art in 1991, when he exhibited nothing but a blue heritage plaque commemorating his career as a sculptor. This catapulted him to the forefront of the YBA scene, and set the tone for the body of work to follow. Turk typically explores notions of fame, status and ambiguity of appearance – as seen in his life-size waxworks of himself in the roles of renegade icons such as Sid Vicious and Che Guevara, and his bronze sculptures of plastic bags and cardboard boxes.

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