In a disused churchyard, normally closed off to the public, Nathan Coley built a sculpture in St John’s Churchyard, Tailor’s Court, off Broad Street in Bristol, exploring how cultural views and ideas differ with the passage of time and between locations.

21 May – 3 July 2005

The architectural language of the social housing block has become a recognisable feature of any city’s skyline. The attention to detail and material from which lceman is made suggests a temporary model or proposition for something yet to come. The form of the sculpture also echoes that of a mausoleum or tomb, indicating a commemoration of something now defunct.

Nathan Coley, Iceman, 2005 Installation viewSt. John's Churchyard, Bristol 2005 Photo courtesy Jamie Woodley