‘Utopian Realism’ is an exploration of rural utopianism, idealism and industrialism in the North East of England and Mid Wales by the artists Mair Hughes and Bridget Kennedy.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Fake Fire

One idea that's stayed with me since our visits to the Mining Institute is the idea of making a sculpture for the Lecture Theatre that plays on our obsession with the coal fire hearth, and the ways we've tried to recreate that visual focal point even when heat is generated electrically.
The glow of the electric filament is an inadequate replacement for the mesmerising experience of gazing in to the flames, which explains the wide variety of simulation coal fires available, and the wide range of flicker flame lightbulbs designed to imitate the form of the candle flame and it's irregular and agitated projection of light
My plans for this piece are in the early stages, but my enthusiasm has been stoked (ahem) by theatrical tricks and effects, so it seems like a good time to get hold of some of these materials and start experimenting...

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