Wednesday, 21 July 2010

You Will Have Dignity If You Come Here





You Will Have Dignity If You Come Here
2010
Enamel, Aluminium and Corten Steel
200 x 150 x 50 cm
Commission for Futures College, Southend and Commissions East


You Will Have Dignity If You Come Here is my first public art commission in the United Kingdom. I was awarded it in 2009 by Futures College, Southend and Commissions East. A year in development and fabrication in collaboration with A J Wells, on the Isle of Wight, the work is now installed and will be unveiled to the public later in the summer.

The title of the work was inspired by a line in a poem by a student at Futures College. The poem was a response to someone coming to Southend for the first time. It was completed when I was doing workshops with the students in preparation for the commission. As well as a link to achievement and awards, the star references the lights on Southend's famous prominade. This is emphasised by the photoluminescent paint around the edges of the aluminium frame that will bring the artwork to life at night.

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