I really enjoyed the idea of bridges how they’re built their materials, but the suspension bridge and my ideas with it weren’t quite right. So i started to think about bridges and pier close to home. IN weston-supper-mare we have two piers the Grand pier and also Birnbeck pier.
And this is birn beck
Bit beck is the original pier in weston/ kewstoke it was built in the 1864, however ironically in 1696 JOhn pigott of Brock levy owned the island in which the pier was built, it used to be called berne island. The pier opened in 1867 but was used for life boats in 1882.
Over the years BIrn beck pier has suffered lack of use and horrible weather. After a particularly bad storm a few years back the pier became deilapdated a warped. HOwever i find the broken rusted pier beautiful. Unfortunately the majority of people dont agree with this. Many have tried to save it but non particul;Amy like the way is ot even acknowledge the old pier.
I wanted to bring attention a back to the old peir to either promote funding for it or to to highlight to importance of its place with in Weston’s history.
My ide was to wrap or recreate elements of the broken pier and put the form around the grand pier. AS the new pier is so famous and gets a lot of tourism it would be a popular spot for people to see the re creation of the old pier.
My other idea was to have a viewing spot where binoculars would show the peir with an image overlay displaying different images of the pier . For example one overlay would shop the pier and fill in any areas to show what it used to look like. Of it is a futuristic building in 100 years time.
Over the years places like the Tropicana an old outdoor swimming pool, birnbeck pier and winter gardens get sold get funding plans fall through and other disaster occur they get left to rot. So in previous years there were plans to re build the pier. I managed to find the short listed ideas that never went through.
As i was researching places in bristol i thought about the suspension bridge an iconic structure in bristol, the bridge is well know throught the country and would there make a statement if it were the site of a public realm sculpture.
Ive always wanted to experiment with newtons craddle. This model has always inspired me from both an aesthetic and physics perspective. I find it amazing how kenitic energy is transferred through stationary matter to push the end marbles away from the rest. It is a fundamental law of physics. However the act of passing energy and the demonstration of it is beautiful. I simple frame with 5 marbles hangin central, but when the end marble is pushed away it creates a beautful line that contradicts the linear marbles.
The idea is to re creat newtons craddle on a large scale suspending from the Bristol suspension bridge. A interesting ideas would be to open it for science week which for 2017 is 10th till 19th march. I know it would ot be possible in this time frame but its a relevant. event to work towards. I originally thought about it being temporary but the amount of time, money and materials needed for this would be enormous. It would either need to be funded by the council or by science institute/private donated. HAving said that is would be minimum for of a few hundred thousands potentially in the millions. Also steel would not be a suitable material to hang from a suspension bridge nor is it the most coast efficient appropriate or safest material.
THis lead on to other design such as soft sculptures of the double helix based on the science week theme
MY initial plans with this project involved steel, my favourite material to work with is rusty steel. If i am to go into the public realm community this would be my preferred medium at the moment. IVe always been fascinated with industrial building. Specifically hollow structures that once held so much history. They represent the work and strain from industrial process, steel beams, concreate walls and floor, red bricks but what really makes them special to me is when nature takes it back. I find the contrast of industrial and nature fascinating, they are polar opposites they define forms, colours and their own history.
I would like to base my work using the the colours and form of steel but inspired by the shape of a more natural context. I want to combine the two. A factory or fun down plain building would be suitable because an instillation would inject a new bit of life into the building that most woundlt even look at.
I thought of having a layered steel form of varying shades of chrome to rust. I imagined it to be a very fluid and curvaceous form yet out of a rigid material, adding detention and colour to the side of a forgotten building.
I decided to choose some spaces in bristol because i am very familiar with the city. Ive always been told story’s from grandfarther about different building in bristol and what happened with in them.
I was orginally inspired by the old distribution centre next to temple meads train station. The derelct building is considered as an eye sore by most of bristol. There are future plan to make it part of the new stadium or a uni/college building. Untill then through its gets seen by many people so it would be a good place to place a piece of public realm art. IT would be seen by a lot of people and improve the aesthetic of the building improve it or just distract.
I started thinking about possible other sites, one with a rich industrial history that ive always admired is the collapsed gas works building open anchor road by the river. THis structure use to be a former gas works site and has been vacant for about 40 years. IT most likely will be sold for housing or made into a permanent site due to it s grade two listing. HOwever before this happens it would have been interesting make my stamps on the what l;eat of the building probably as a temporary instillation.