Mark Wallinger, Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, 2001
It was the title of George Shaw’s painting of a phone box – The Time Machine – that brought Mark Wallinger’s Time and Relative Dimensions in Space to mind. The work is a replica of a police box with a mirrored surface. Police boxes really don’t exist any more so we only really recognise them in the form of Dr Who’s TARDIS. The nature of the tardis is that is appears from nowhere and can disappear in an equally incomprehensible manner. Whereas the tardis is either there or not there, Wallinger’s box seems to be simultaneously there and not there.