Axel, 2004, Nottingham, U.K


Located in the plaza of the National Ice Centre the 19 metre high Axel has a simple contextual elegance in harmony with its location.

The artwork slowly rotates to reflect light and subtly express the movement and dynamics of skating.

Its elegant form reaches upwards forming an elegant spire against the buildings and skyline.


Evoking the play of light on a skaters blade ice, stainless steel is polished one side and sandblasted on the other reflecting light in all weather conditions.


Nottingham City Council

Lead Artist
Wolfgang Buttress

Main Contractor
Wolfgang and Heron

Structural Engineers
Price and Myers