This sculpture sits in the landscape, a near abstract piece that illuminates into the sky at night. I hope the purpose informs and reminds of what was located in its place.
It almost conforms with the surrounding context, however on the contrary I hope it is highlighted from its contextualised past. A contemporary piece of art, that makes a connection to the former coalite.
Going with the reverse idea of my design process, I’ve gone off some vague shapes from the initial sketches and created a model towering shape that subtly references a the industries’ building elements (e.g. Cooling towers).
Using illustrator I’ve created an image of the model, adding spillage elements that make point to the Coalite explosion.
(http://www.skeptictank.org/treasure/GP4/POISFAC.TXT) – Report on the Coalite explosion
I’m hoping to light up the sculpture from the inside at night, (look at older sketches) giving two different outlooks, a beaming light similar to work of Anthony McCall.
I went out to look at the site I am planning to place my sculpture within, unfortunately it is fenced off, however looking at online images others have been exploring within the deserted complex. These are just a few photos taken by me, what is shown is how far I could see.
The Coalite chemical company was a thriving industrial business invented in the early 20th century. ‘Coalite’ is the burning of coke then used as a smokeless fuel. The industry began to shrink during the 80’s and closed down officially in 2004, leaving a trail of waste and pollution in its path.
I’m planning on placing the sculpture in this context due to the current nature and surroundings of the location I wish to place it within. Now that the site is discarded debris and contamination resides and rots, which I see as an interesting platform for a response and reminder to the scar on the landscape.
The particular site I’m looking at is based in Bolsover, Derbyshire which was partly the company’s HQ.
The site is now abandoned and laying to waste, clean-up proposals have been made and put forward however taking years to sort.
I look at the surrounding are and it makes me think of these words:
An ideal location and context to place my sculpture, also it would be a suitable solution as to what will become of the place.
Some further sketching, deciding on a number of key things:
Documenting ideas and research on social platforms
First question about making the sculpture:
What materials are on offer/shall I use?
I think steel is the most appropriate material to use for the sculpture considering the physical impact that the material needs to have, also the loose relation to the coal industry (manufacturing and machine). (Furthermore looking at ideas and sketches I have been producing in my notebook)
I initially thought of the idea to create a fluid funnel, using two block ends to wrap this ‘funnel’ around. The materials proved difficult to work with, especially considering the multiple elements. I’m after a connected form that envelopes itself but also gives the sense of imploding.
This is what I was after. The paper shapes to my manipulation, giving a dynamism and an image of singularity. A dimension that cannot be related to any existing shape or form, it is an unknown object of mystery.
*This potentially could change my process, as the nature of the construction allows for spontaneity, rather than working to a current design.
~ OTHER FAILED TESTS ~
I have also been testing felt, which proved unsuccessful, the structure which I needed did not lie here, as the flimsy form was too loose and flexible to the touch.