Sunday, 15 May 2011

Aethered Forest Glade Has Arrived Home

And finally, the sculpture is installed into the void area at the main reception. The Aethered Forest Glade hanging sculpture takes influence from the Rowan tree leaf and berry which are resident on the Carlton Marshes near Athersley in Barnsley.  

Aethred is the old English name for Athersley.   First recorded in 1379 as ‘Hattirslay’ - it probably means ‘Aethred’s Forest Glade’. [On Our Street - published by the Roundhouse Partnership.]  Carlton Marshes - a nearby wildlife sanctuary has medieval links too. Perhaps a moat or pond for Monk Bretton Priory, this area is home to several trees and shrubs. 
The Aethered Forest Glade hanging sculpture has taken permanent residence in the void area of the Roundhouse Medical Centre.   Spanning two patient waiting areas and the main reception, the sculpture can now be experienced from the ground floor and from the windows in the waiting area on the first floor.   The sculpture is installed around the roof light.  It creates the feeling and memory of, the outside landscape appearing inside.  

The cast leaves with tones of greens, blues and violet, add diffused and distilled light with shadows appearing in new spaces at different times of the day.   It has a calming affect on the environment.

 After a few tweaks of placing the leaves at the correct angle, it's time to de-install the scaffold
 A view from the first floor lift lobby
 A view from the first floor waiting area
 The natural light, which pours through the skylight, transfers the colour of the leaves as shadows momentarily on the walls, floor and through the first floor window into the waiting area.
A view from the lift lobby

looking upwards at the mirror images that appear on the stainless steel berries

 let's dismantle the scaffold
scaffold safely dismantled

 close-up views from the first floor

A big thanks to Colin, Stan and Simon from Morgan Sindall for being very supportive!

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