This fairly ordinary office building in central Preston isn’t particularly striking. Yet it remind me of being in the Tate in Liverpool. Why? Because it bears an uncanny resemblence to a piece of work by artist Julian Opie, a sculpture from 1996 entitled You See An Office Building 4.
Fifteen or so years ago I did a three month stint in an office on the sixth floor of this building. I could never see any beauty or artistic merit in the building back then. Julian Opie’s sculptures in the ‘You See An Office Building’ series would have been just a couple of years old. It takes someone with a strong vision to take inspiration from places, objects, buildings that many of us would overlook and then create a piece of art. A piece of art that has a place in the Tate.
I suppose sometimes you just have to look closer and see things in a different way. See the beauty in the mundane and the wonder in things we take for granted. I like walking past that office building now. It reminds me of art and the tranquility of the Tate. When the sun gleams on it’s windows I wonder if that is what Julian Opie saw when he decided to create ‘You See An Office Building’.