‘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

Pineapple in Progress

As we are revving up to production mode for the 'Late Shows' exhibition in May, I made a return visit to The Mining Institute with the express purpose of making a mould of a crystal pineapple. This Victorian lamp base, resembling a stylised pineapple, is one of a set of about 12 that originally lit the library when electric lighting was introduced. No longer in use, but still a beautiful artefact, I decided to reimagine it as a sculptural piece to hang again, as the original lamps did, from the 39 foot ceiling.
The process of making the silicone and plaster mould took a week, but happily the original emerged unscathed and I've now transported the mould back to my studio, ready to start work on some pineapple shaped offspring.

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