Tuesday 13 June 2017

The Glass Work

The artwork that read colours in photos and then played them as sounds.

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The Glass Work invited people to take a photograph of their surroundings and immediately respond with a soundscape.

The artwork read the colours in photos people sent, then played them as sounds played on six hand blown glass gongs.

The work was created in collaboration with young people from St Helens and reflected collective journeys and encounters.  It was inspired by looking out from the car park above Church Square at the landscape of St Helens.

The artwork was hosted at Thatto Heath Crusaders Rugby League Club, The World of Glass museum, Parr Library and Derbyshire Hill Family Centre.

David Boultbee, Lead Artist of BREAD art collective, said: “Encountering something new and unexpected like The Glass Work invites us to pause to explore fresh perspectives on familiar surroundings and how an audience can use technology and social media to contribute to and influence an artwork.”

BREAD art, use light, sound and interactive technologies with a strong social focus to create artworks inspired by spaces and the public realm.

The Glass Work was jointly commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), a digital arts organisation based in Liverpool, Heart of Glass and Helena Partnerships. Heart of Glass commissions artists to produce art with the communities of St Helens. The Make It Happen Project is developed by Helena Partnerships, it works to increase opportunities for young people locally. The glass elements were designed in collaboration with and blown by glass blowers, Charlie Burke and Amy Skachill-Kelly from The World of Glass in St Helens.