Bill Culbert

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935, d.2019

Bucket, Croagnes

Since the early 1970s, Bill Culbert has explored the creative possibilities of light, capturing it in wine glasses, windows, lightbulbs, fluorescent tubes and even – as here – a simple plastic bucket. Set down on grass and fallen leaves in a wooded area close to Culbert’s home in France, this unassuming prop takes on a glowing, transcendent beauty as the sunlight fills and illuminates it.

(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)