A love letter to street sweepers, plumbers and The See Here

Kelly McDonald, 2017


Kelly McDonald The See Here

Kelly McDonald The See Here

Kelly McDonald The See Here

Kelly McDonald The See Here


Steel street sweeper brush tynes or bristles, plumbers' brass brazing rod, sun.



Humans map things to understand them or to know them better. Humans also collect things for a multitude of personal reasons that are less direct or knowable.

The See Here window gallery is an experimental and explorative space where art engages with its physical parameters, extending ideas about materials and their relationship to the body and space.

Change happens all the time, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes good and sometimes for the worse.

Following the November earthquake, the ever dominant and hulking concrete giant that was the Reading Car Park was removed. It had obscured The See Here’s light for the last 5 years.

The space is now awash with light and energy, interacting with its surrounds in newly reflective ways.

On the eve of moving to a yet unknown location, I have mapped the gallery space using plumber’s brass brazing rod and steel street sweeper bristles collected over the last decade from gutters all around the world.

This is my love letter to street sweepers, plumbers and The See Here.