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RUH Hydrotherapy Pool Artwork – What am I doing?

Drawing drafts for moving water and gestural motifs developing patterns from research at the RNHRD and RUH Hydrotherapy Units. Artist: Christopher Tipping

There are many threads of research and interest which have influenced the development and visual narrative of the artwork. The following notes and lists are from my own notebooks, where I  made records of research sessions and information which struck me as inspirational. 

The Mineral Water Hospital, affectionately known as The Min, was built in 1742 & overlooked open, ‘quiet fields’ and countryside. The Hospital was constructed on the site of Bath’s first Theatre of 1705, by the Architect George Trim, whose Mother was, apparently the sister of the Kings Architect, Inigo Jones. The theatre was demolished 1738.

This theatrical & dramatic connection has influenced the concept of using the glazed Hydrotherapy screens as inspirational painted backdrops – a way of creatively setting the scene within the new space & enhancing the experience of staff and patients using the Pool.

In 1859, with great ceremony, the foundation stone was laid for a new hospital building adjacent to the original site and built upon the grounds of a ‘large formal garden belonging to the Parsonage of St Peter Paul Parish’. This garden is shown on the John Speed map of 1610.

The new Royal United Hospital was built in open fields at Combe Park in 1932 (having moved from central Bath). Combe Park had formerly been the site of the Bath War Hospital built in 1916 to provide beds and medical services for WW1 Casualties. There was a small pond and a stream ran nearby. Patients and staff were encouraged to grow and maintain flower gardens & were rewarded with prizes.

Aerial view of the RUH sitting amidst green fields circa 1932 having moved to this site at Weston Manor from the centre of Bath. Image by kind permission of Bath in Time and Bath War Hospital at the RUH.

In the Building Report on The Mineral Water Hospital, by The House Historians, March 2006, there is a detailed report on The Chapel, (now the home of Bath Medical Museum)and its architectural decorations.

This mentions a number of plants seen in carvings, stained glass and other architectural details, which are wonderfully useful in referencing the legacy of The Min, when it finally closes its doors to move to the RUH site:

Ivy

Oak

Water Buttercup

Wild Poppy

Fig

Vines

White Lilies

Passion Flower

Pomegranate

Hyssop

 

Colour and pattern used within the stained glass is also influential. Patterns are influenced by the architectural decoration and tiling of The Min Chapel.

Various hydrotherapy treatments, methods and equipment as described as being newly installed in 1915 following extensive alterations, are also very evocative and inspire some abstract interpretation within my creative narrative.

 

Deep Baths

Aix and Vichy Douches

Scotch and Needle Douches

Reclining and Vapour Baths

Radiant Heat Baths

Sulpher Baths of Potassium Sulphide

Mineral Water Baths

Whirlpool Bath

Hubbard Tank to treat the entire body simultaneously

 

‘A Vichy Massage required the patient to stand on a rubber covered slab whilst showered with jets of hot mineral water. The needle bath was a circular shower with an array of horizontal pipes which sprayed fine jets of water’.

Descriptions of the Coat of Arms for the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – to give The Min its formal & proper title, is a useful source of colour references, decorative motifs, plants, animals and their meaning.

Black

White for truth, sincerity, peace, innocence and purity

Green

Blue

Purple

Circlet of Fountains

Foxglove

Hares

Meadow Saffron

I like the colour of evening sky, that particular shade of indigo blue.

Water is by turns fluid and abstract, vaporous & ephemeral, contained within many shapes – rivers, ponds, streams, pools, baths, glasses & oceans – any number of vessels.

My creative approach is making connections between place & historic legacy, hydrotherapy practice and an imaginary landscape, which may be conjured up whilst being treated in the pool & feeling the benefits of floating & exercising, whilst being supported by warm water and the care and assistance and encouragement of staff.

‘This hospital was to be entirely self-funded, and even before the hospital was built the raising of monies for it began in earnest. Bath’s Master of Ceremonies, Richard Beau Nash arranged balls and collected subscriptions; wills, donations and even bequests of a diamond, and 1,000 oranges, contributed to the coffers. The list of donors reads like a Who’s Who of 18th century Bath society. Those who donated £40 or more were invited to become a hospital governor, including the artist William Hoare and the actor David Garrick’.

https://thebathmagazine.co.uk/finding-the-cure/

 

 

Map on framed canvas. Mrs. Oliver inscribed on reverse. Showing location of Weston Manor prior to incorporation into Royal United Hospital. Image: By kind permission Bath War Hospital at the RUH

This Estate Map above – date unknown – shows the private estate of Weston Manor before the RUH incorporated it into its site in the 20th Century.

‘The hospital moved to its present site, Combe Park, on 11 December 1932. The site had previously been used for the large First World War Bath War Hospital which opened in 1916. In November 1919 it was renamed the Bath Ministry of Pensions Hospital, which it remained until it closed in 1929.

The site was also used by the Forbes Fraser Hospital and the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital, both founded in 1924 and which merged into the RUH about 1980. The former manor house on the site, originally medieval but remodelled in the 18th century, became an administrative building. The building is a Grade II* listed building due to its fine Adam style interior’. Wikipedia

Image: Early Draft artwork for North & East Screens. March 2018 RUH HYDROTHERAPY. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the North Screen of the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the East Screen of the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, Roman Mosaic from the basement excavations of The Min Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping




 

Central Chelmsford – Manifestation Artwork

9th April 2015

Vinyl Graphics Ltd – VGL Ltd – completed the installation of the digitally printed vinyl manifestations to the M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby at Central Chelmsford this week.

These images have just been forwarded to me. VGL are always a real pleasure to work with.

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

 

 

 

 

Central Chelmsford

A quick site visit yesterday – 19th March – to see the manifestation sample installed in the M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. This is one of the interpretive artworks on site – part of the public realm and public art enhancements.

Sean Ogley, Senior Technical Manager for Denne Construction who has advised and managed my input throughout the scheme –  in tandem with Frances Lord, Public Art Consultant – took me around the site to review recent developments and to see the manifestation sample in situ.

These are few images from the visit –

Central Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association. Landscape and embedded public art interpretation during installation on site. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association. Landscape and embedded public art interpretation during installation on site. Image:Christopher Tipping

This is the interior courtyard space, which we know as The Place – this is a public space for both residents and pedestrians alike. The site will provides a new pedestrian route along a desire line from Chelmsford Station, through to the town centre.

The whole scheme has been designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects with Area Landscape Architects. The project is being delivered by Denne Construction.

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

The green granite with sandblasted text is supplied by Hardscape. 

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. A view of the interior courtyard known as The Place, with embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. A view of the interior courtyard known as The Place, with embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

All the timber slatted seating with cnc routed text is manufactured in collaboration with Citysquared Street Furniture. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: large platform slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: large platform slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

The York Stone steps with inset granite text are manufactured by the Ashfield Group. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Interior of entrance lobby – with sample vinyl manifestation taped to the glazing. The weather was really dull & overcast. The printed white inks don’t jump out very much. If it had been bright and sunny, the design would cast a myriad of shadows onto the frame and floors. Will have to wait & see how that works out !

The manifestation is being manufactured and installed by Vinyl Graphics Ltd. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestations are being applied to the glazed screen for M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestations are being applied to the glazed screen for M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Central Chelmsford – Glazing Manifestation

I spent yesterday – 17th March 2015 – in Reading, working in the design room at VGL Ltd with one of their production designers, James, to build and sample the final production artwork for the glazing manifestation to be installed in the M1 / M2 Block Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford. VGL really do put in the extra mile to get exactly what I want – it is very much appreciated.

We had a full size sample printed and tomorrow I am going to site to see it installed for final approval by the project team.

This is the visual that was produced – it is presented against a black background because the artwork is printed in many layers of opaque and transparent white overlaid one on another.  – Durst Print white only in reverse onto Madico Optically Clear vinyl, applied to the inside face of glazing.

Artist artwork draft for glazing manifestation to the internal lobby entrance to Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.   Artwork: Christopher Tipping

Artist artwork draft for glazing manifestation to the internal lobby entrance to Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford. Artwork: Christopher Tipping

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.   Artist: Christopher Tipping

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

 

 

Bicester Community Hospital – draft artworks –

Bicester Community Hospital

We now have a schedule agreed and are working to issue draft artwork for comment and hopefully, approval by this time next week.

Detail: draft artwork -

Detail: draft artwork –

It was agreed that the principle we should follow is to develop a highly visual & primarily figurative narrative, which also provides a privacy screen between the users of the ward rooms and the external courtyards. The courtyard landscapes are brand new, with ground level put to grass and no planting at height to provide cover or privacy screening. This has however provided the opportunity to create a new and imaginary landscape, which bridges the gap between figurative and recognisable details and structures from the external landscape, alongside abstract and original forms and patterns found within the artwork.

The works are to be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl in layers of opaque and transparent white, with some added colour. The attention to detail will be focussed on a horizontal band across the mid section of the glazing screen to provide privacy. The top section will be left clear, so that uninterrupted views of the sky can be had. We are working closely with Guardian Window Film to manufacture & install the work.

Detail: draft artwork development -

Detail: draft artwork development –

These images are simply the first steps in creating a visual language and narrative for the project. The artwork is being developed as a long rectangular landscape – as a view through a window – . Each of the 10 ward rooms – each with a window, will be detailed with a section of this work, to give the appearance that each room has a unique identity and view of its own.

Detail from sketchbooks

Detail from sketchbooks

Detail form sketchbooks

Detail form sketchbooks

Detail: draft artwork in black & white

Detail: draft artwork in black & white

The artwork draft above shows the printed artwork as shades and layers of opaque white. The black areas will show as clear glass in the final works.

Detail: draft artwork -

Detail: draft artwork – Mock up of vinyl application on the glazing screen in one of the ward rooms.

There are 10 small one & two bed ward rooms arranged in two ward blocks within the new hospital by Nightingale Architects. The rooms are full of natural light and the interior colour schemes are muted and calm, with the odd spot of brighter colour, such as the chair. The artwork manifestation will respond to this scheme. The views through the windows are now partially obscured, providing a degree of privacy for the user, whilst also maintaining sufficient clear glass to allow natural light and changing weather conditions to be seen.

Detail: Draft Artwork

Detail: Draft Artwork

Detail: Iconography has been developed for the project using drawings of leaves and branching structures to create original & imagined plants. These are not botanical illustrations, rather, an impression of a landscape imagined.

Detail: Iconography has been developed for the project using drawings of leaves and branching structures to create original & imagined plants. These are not botanical illustrations, rather, an impression of a landscape imagined.

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Draft artwork for 3 x Chrysanthemums - various textures and transparencies

Detail: Draft artwork for 3 x Chrysanthemums – various textures and transparencies

Detail: draft artwork

Detail: draft artwork

 

 

‘Heart of the Campus’, Sheffield Hallam University – Phase 2 Manifestations

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Yesterday the university client approved the Phase 2 artworks for the glazing artwork manifestations at the new ‘Heart of the Campus’ building for Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus.

The project was delivered by Graham Construction and HLM Architects.

The digitally printed glazing manifestation artworks will be manufactured and installed by VGL.

 

VGL's production artwork with annotations by the artist in red & blue -

VGL’s production artwork with annotations by the artist in red & blue –

 

Phase 2 draft artwork with production notes -

Phase 2 draft artwork with production notes –

 

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

Print

Phase 2 artwork draft in full –

Phase 2 - Detail of artist draft -

Phase 2 – Detail of artist draft –

 

Phase 2 - detail of artist draft -

Phase 2 – detail of artist draft –

 

Phase 2 - detail, artist draft -

Phase 2 – detail, artist draft –

The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

Nightingale Architects have made available some new images of the project at The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury. This particular image is of the large meeting room in the resource centre. The digitally printed artwork manufactured by Guardian is applied to the glazing screen. When the sun is strong, this creates an additional and fleeting, ephemeral extension of the artwork cast in shadow upon the floor and adjacent walls.

The digitally printed glazing artwork casts shadows on the adjacent walls.

The digitally printed glazing artwork casts shadows on the adjacent walls.

 

Detail of the Cafe and Waiting area of the resource centre. Image: Nightingale Architects

Detail of the Cafe and Waiting area of the resource centre. Image: Nightingale Architects

Christopher Tipping, the project artist standing next to a sample wall covering installation on the wards at The Whiteleaf Centre.  Image: Tom Cox

Christopher Tipping, the project artist standing next to a sample wall covering installation on the wards at The Whiteleaf Centre. Image: Tom Cox

‘Heart of the Campus’. Site visit with VGL

Friday 27th June.

GLAZING MANIFESTATION ARTWORKS TO THE ‘HEART OF THE CAMPUS’ BUILDING FOR SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY, COLLEGIATE CAMPUS .

DIGITALLY PRINTED WHITE INKS OVERLAIN IN OPAQUE & TRANSPARENT LAYERS ONTO OPTICALLY CLEAR VINYL .

Up to Sheffield to walk around site with Carly Birkett of VGL . I am developing the glazing manifestation artwork in collaboration with VGL and we have limited time to get this project developed and installed. As usual the project contractors, Graham Construction were really helpful on site and assisted in the process of taking all ‘as built’ measures of the glazing screens which will take the artwork.

East elevation main entrance glazing screen.

East elevation main entrance glazing screen.

East elevation stonework cladding looking great.

East elevation stonework cladding looking great.

Level 2 atrium glazing screen.

Level 2 atrium glazing screen.

Draft artwork for digitally printed artwork manifestation to the East Entrance glazing screen.

Draft artwork for digitally printed artwork manifestation to the East Entrance glazing screen.

Draft artwork for the Level 1 'pod' glazing.

Draft artwork for the Level 1 ‘pod’ glazing.

Mock-up visual of draft artwork for the Level 2 glazing screen.

Mock-up visual of draft artwork for the Level 2 glazing screen.

Draft visual mock-up of applied digitally printed manifestation to Level 2 screens.

Draft visual mock-up of applied digitally printed manifestation to Level 2 screens.

The proposals for glazing manifestations is a continuation of the west elevation Rockpanel rains creen artwork, where cnc routed detailed drawings where been used to create a hard edged and graphic finish, dictated in part by its design influences in historic printmaking and metalworking in Sheffield and by the materials and methods of its own production. The manifestation artworks being are created using the same base visual language & influences developed & explored in the Rockpanel work. This proposal expands upon this concept to explore a softer more fluid application concerned with lightness, detail, transparency & opacity to create a balancing contrast to the dynamic geometry & scale of the building. ‘The designs are abstract & cloud-like, suggesting ephemeral objects, floating within the architectural space from the ground floor to the very top of the atrium roof. The interactions of the various patterns and forms, overlaying and meeting to create new shapes, details and transparencies suggest a coalescing of conversations, interactions, disciplines and dialogue. The exhalations & energy of everyone who may use this new building are manifest here’. The digitally printed vinyl manifestation is applied to the glazing directly which requires a lighter touch than the West Elevation artwork. The detail and narrative appear as if blown and drifted through the building. This project is a continuation, extension and elaboration of the recently completed West Elevation Rockpanel Rainscreen artwork, where cnc routed detail has been used to create a hard edged and graphic appearance, dictated in part by its origins in printmaking and metalworking and the materials and methods of its production. The original concept was developed as a contextual research document, which still stands as the concept driver for the project and is submitted for reference along with this presentation. ‘The manifestation artworks being proposed in draft form here are created from the same base visual language developed for the Rockpanel Rainscreen works of the west elevation, but expands upon this concept to explore a softer more fluid application concerned with light, space & transparency to create a balancing contrast to the dynamic geometry of the building.  

Mock-up visual of Level 2 Screen. White inks digitally printed and overlain.

Mock-up visual of Level 2 Screen. White inks digitally printed and overlain.

Artwork draft for the Level 2 atrium screen.

Artwork draft for the Level 2 atrium screen.

Level 2 Artwork draft for digitally printed glazing vinyl.

Level 2 Artwork draft for digitally printed glazing vinyl.

Draft artwork for Level 2 screen.

Draft artwork for Level 2 screen.

‘Bransholme Seed Cloud’. Winifred Holtby & Tweendykes Schools

‘Bransholme Seed Cloud’

The area around Bransholme has been farmed, cultivated, reclaimed & regenerated slowly over a period of 1000 years. In 1966 the green landscape of ditches & fields was to change dramatically & radically with the building of the new satellite town of Bransholme, now home to over 30,000 people.

The area is still rich in its bio-diversity. The streams, ditches, drains & dykes which dissect Bransholme & its surrounding land provide habitat for a diverse flora & fauna.

At the very heart of Bransholme stands the new Winifred Holtby Secondary and Tweendykes Special School.

This project was inspired by the locality and its rich history and topography. It was equally driven by the relationship which developed within the project team, which included both Head Teachers.

The artwork was digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl & applied to the curtain wall glazing, which spanned both school environments at Winifred Holtby & Tweendykes Schools. It was manufactured & installed by Artworks Solutions Ltd. The new Schools are part of a ‘Building Schools for the Future’ initiative.

Client: Esteem Consortium, Morgan Sindall & JM Architects with Art Consultant Andrew Knight.
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Draft for the Winifred Holtby School

Draft for the Winifred Holtby School

Tweendykes School artwork draft

Tweendykes School artwork draft

Draft detail of all  iconography set into the maelstrom cloud.

Draft detail of all
iconography set into the maelstrom cloud.

This is a sample of all the elements which were drawn up to provide the visual narrative for the project. The all have a specific meaning to the project.

This is a sample of all the elements which were drawn up to provide the visual narrative for the project. The all have a specific meaning to the project.