The Sun Shines Every Day Forever is a newly commissioned sculpture by Todmorden-based artist Matthew Houlding that visitors are encouraged not only to touch, but to walk through, picnic upon and play hide-and-seek within.
Matthew Houlding was selected from an exhibition of proposals held at The Tetley in 2015. Over 4,000 visitors and school children saw the exhibition and voted Matthew’s proposal as the most appealing design. Now with the support of ASDA Foundation, Leeds Inspired and Leeds City Council we’ve made his plans a reality.
The Sun Shines Every Day Forever takes its inspiration from the desert architecture of California where the interior and the exterior, the manmade and the natural environment merge. Houlding’s sculpture is a constructed section of architecture that is landscaped with boulders, platforms, a palm tree and coloured Perspex panels. A half-built ruin, the sculpture connects the past and future and invites visitors to imagine what might have been and might yet be.
The sculpture will stay in place outside the Tetley until building begins on the new City Centre Park, and has the potential to move elsewhere within the development. This sculpture marks a creative approach to public sculpture and spaces that will be the hallmark of the new cultural South Bank.