Practicality, durability, reliability and versatility - these are all words we would commonly use to describe the more functional qualities of rope.

But our favourite multi-stranded material can also be employed creatively...

Rope has become an inspiration for many modern artists due to its ability to be moulded, shaped and re-shaped to suit many unique visions and thought-provoking ideas. Rope is also brilliant for large scale, robust installations to small, intricate and detailed exhibitions.

To celebrate everything that makes rope truly adaptable, we are going to take you through some of our favourite sculptures and artwork inspired by this incredible multistranded material.

'Ciclotrama' Interconnected Rope Installation

Artist Janaina Mello Landini created this staggeringly detailed network of rope, strands and individual thread fibres to create something that is part road map, part vein system and part venation pattern.

Heather Pickwell's Rope Sculptures

Heather Pickwell used rope to create something that mimics life through rope artistry. She said: "I was fascinated by the imperceptible growth of cells and plants and found that rope was the perfect material." Her work is both sentient and inspired by marine design - reflecting the different cycles and stages of life.

John McEnroe's Resin & Rope

This untitled piece was conceived by artist John McEnroe who makes an audacious and unapologetic visual statement. The work was created by encasing this thick entanglement of rope in a special resin which solidified to produce the striking end result.

Studio Gang Rope Rooms

Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang created a series of 'rope rooms' put together with steel rings that were suspended from the ceiling and a swirling metal base that attached to the floor with an intricate rope arrangement that connects the two parts. The rope rooms create an intimate feel, dividing up and drawing attention to certain focal points. They're both functional and artistically minded installations that add a lot to the large exhibition space.

For Lethe By Mary Grisey

Mary Grisey used a combination of hand-dyed sisal rope and rusted steel to create her work's distinctively ocean blasted look. She achieves this effect by strategically ageing, weathering and ultimately transforming the look of the materials. Sisal rope was used primarily because of its 'dense and natural' properties: ' The sisal ropes are alluring to gaze at, yet rough when touched.'

Magdalena Abakanowicz's Wheel and Rope

'Wheel and Rope' is a staggeringly imposing piece that harks back to historical evocations of industry, agriculture and even the nautical world. It was created using two robust ropes that are approximately 190 feet in length.

Law of Peripheral Units

Japanese installation artist Kishio Suga created this steel, stone and rope structure that has a strange geometric order and disorder to its appearance.

Rope Prism

Inés Esnal’s Prism installation is an optical treat that uses thin strands of fibre to filter light and offers incredible prismatic character to the lobby of a New York residential building.


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