Monday, 4 November 2013

Neon Sculpture, "Flow" at The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Last week saw the installation of "Flow", a three dimensional neon sculpture at The Old Fire Station, Oxford.

"Flow" is the culmination of many months of work for Mary Branson and Jono Retallick, collaborating with the homeless charity Crisis Skylight at their Oxford headquarters in The Old Fire Station Arts Centre, Oxford.

The initial breif was to produce a small, four metre long, three dimensional neon sculpture, made up of two, two metre sections of neon to hang in the entrance hall of The Old Fire Station, Oxford. After some early discussions the overall length of the piece was increased from four to fourteen metres and comprising of seven, two metre sections of 15mm White 6200K 1A glass.

Mary and Jono kindly produced a full size maquette of the piece made from willow and wire from which I was able to bend each section of glass.

Here's a small bit of time lapse photography of myself bending up one of the sections of glass.

And here is a bit of time lapse electroding...

The trial hanging of the piece in my workshop, although not complete, showed just how fantastic it would look....

Many thanks to Mary and Jono, Crisis and The Old Fire Station, Oxford for sharing this fantastic project and extra thanks to Jono for the much needed help with the final installation...

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