Matthew Houlding: The sun shines every day forever

  • Summer 2018 – Summer 2019
  • Free, no booking required

The sun shines every day forever was a sculptural installation by Todmorden-based artist Matthew Houlding that you could touch.

Situated right in front of The Tetley building, visitors could step through the doorway, make a picnic on a boulder or play hide-and-seek through the coloured windows.

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; with the support of ASDA Foundation, Leeds Inspired and Leeds City Council we were able to make his plans a reality.

The sun shines every day forever took its inspiration from the desert architecture of California, where the interior and the exterior, the manmade and the natural environment merge. Houlding’s sculpture was a constructed section of architecture that was landscaped with boulders, platforms, a palm tree and coloured Perspex panels. A half-built ruin, the sculpture connected the past and future and invited visitors to imagine what might have been and might yet to be.

Set within the urban context of redevelopment in Leeds, South Bank, The sun shines every day forever was a fragment of a separate time, an oasis of calm and colour where generations, young and old could interact and explore.