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Published on February 12th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Done with Mirrors

A new art exhibition remarkably features a TARDIS in a state of dematerialisation/ rematerialisation! 

As if Doctor Who wasn’t already ingrained in the British psyche, sticking a police box TARDIS in an art gallery is spookily reminiscent of a scene from 1979′s Tom Baker adventure City of Death – down to the point of the TARDIS disappearing in an art gallery.

The piece – called Time and Relative Dimensions in Space, 2001, is by Mark Wallinger, a Turner Prize-winning artist who is curating an exhibition entitled The Russian Linesman at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London.

Having originally been seen in 2001, the piece – basically (but ingeniously) a spectacular reflective TARDIS which when placed in the right surroundings produces the illusion of dematerialisation – is just crying out for John Cleese and Eleanor Bron to stand behind a roped barrier, appreciating its artistic value of the TARDIS, as per the scene in City of Death.

After all (as Cleese points out) – since the object shouldn’t be there at all, the artistic merit lies in the fact that it *is* there. "Exquisite," says Bron. "Absolutely exquisite…"

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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