Wolfgang Buttress (b. 1965) has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Trent Polytechnic and lives and works in Nottingham. He creates simple, elegant and contextual public artworks which seek to define and celebrate a sense of place. Working in a variety of materials including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, concrete, stone and light, Wolfgang Buttress has, over the last 15 years, produced artworks for the public realm in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan.
Inspired by the work of artists and architects such as Ando, Brancusi, Saarineen, Tapies and Twombly, his work alludes to histories, traces and memories which are both personal and contextual. His experience includes working collaboratively with a wide range of professionals, most recently with architects and landscape architects such as Tadao Ando, BDP, and Conran and Partners. His work has recently been exhibited at the prestigious Wall Gallery, Tokyo; ABC Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan; and the Chicago Sculpture Biennales in 2006 and 2008.
In March 2008, his 'Silica' landmark sculpture for the main shopping area of Weston-super-Mare was recognised with a Civic Trust Award. The ovoid structure, which incorporates glass prisms and LED lighting, is composed of sand, glass and stone, and houses a retail kiosk, a bus shelter and a public information display point within its base before tapering dramatically into a spire. Commissioned by North Somerset Council, the sculpture represents a ground breaking approach in public art where the artist has been responsible for selecting and appointing the team of architects, engineers and contractors involved.