Sculpture 'Trajectory Three' is pictured here at the Royal Crescent Bath in May 2015. The sculpture is made from found plastics located at the Sea Mills Floodplain by the researchers from the Power and the Water Project. Working alongside Environmental Historian Dr Jill Payne, Eloise has reconfigured the pieces into a sculpture that marks the materials third trajectory. Initially, it is anticipated that the polystyrene was part of a ship container, perhaps used as packaging for securing cargo, before being washed up onto the floodplains. Subsequently, organic life tried to colonise the polystyrene boulder; the remnants of branches that have attempted to push through the body of the polystyrene are still visible from the rear view of the sculpture. Woodlice and other insects have crawled and created paths across the surface, entering its body to create settlements, puncturing the surface with holes. The polystyrene evidences monolithic-type wear which encourages us to think about 'Future Archaeologies' and what found-materials like these will say about our generation in the future. The piece will be displayed at the Festival of Nature, Bristol in association with the AHRC funded Power and the Water Project from 13th-14th June 2015.
On 26 September, Eloise Govier collaborated with Power and the Water project team member Jill Payne in the creation of a large-scale public art installation in the water spaces of Bristol’s Millennium Square." The installation, Ticker-Tape: Waterscape, formed part of the Bristol Bright Night event hosted by the At-Bristol Science Centre and was designed to challenge viewers’ perceptions of energy production in the landscape. Visitors were encouraged to walk around the artwork, a floating sculpture of 500 fluorescent bricks accompanied by a 5-minute visual soundscape broadcast on the BBC Big Screen overhead, and discuss their perspectives on art and energy landscapes with Eloise and Jill. Jill also provided an accompanying public lecture at the nearby Watershed.
Ticker-Tape: Waterscape is part of a series of Ticker-Tape installations created by Eloise Govier to spotlight and generate discussion on areas of contention in the public domain. Ticker-Tape was launched in April 2013 and has been executed in various sites across Europe, ranging from the Welsh/English border to a UNESCO-protected modernist housing estate in what was formerly East Berlin.
Bristol Bright Night is part of the annual ‘Researchers’ Night’ programme, an EU Commission-funded project that aims to engage publics across Europe in celebrating the latest and most stimulating research at a local and international level". Source
The piece contains 150 brightly coloured 'levitating' bricks created on the the borders of Wales and England.
Installation, Mixed Media, 6.09.13, Cabalva Farm , Hay on Wye
'Ticker-Tape: Playground' occurred at Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn/Newcastle Emlyn Secondary School in Wales at 11:20am on Thursday 9.5.13. The artist stacked 100 bricks in the centre of the caged space before silently placing the fluorescent bricks on the floor so that they appeared like confetti scattered across the playground. The luminous bricks seemed even brighter against the back drop of the grey sky and torrential rain that fell on the school; students watched eagerly from windows and doorways. When asked about the meaning behind the artwork Eloise said: "The playground is a socially significant space, I wanted to spotlight it, the bricks from afar look like confetti - hence the project being named Ticker-Tape - and yet when you are up close, the physicality of the bricks becomes tangible, you can see how it prevents you moving through the space. A lot of stuff happens on the playground that stays with us through life". She went on to say: "Art doesn't just happen in galleries, I wanted to show the students that it can happen here, today, and that they are a part of it. Their reaction is as much a part of the piece as the bricks themselves."
Photo credit: Amelia Kilvington
Thanks also to Glan Morgan.
Ticker-Tape: Berlin is the first in a series of happenings occurring in several different countries whereby the artist transforms spaces through the deliberate placement of coloured bricks. The Berlin Kunst-Happening took place on Wednesday (17 April 2013) in the former Eastern Zone, in a garden courtyard of the Carl Legien Housing Estate, one of six estates listed by UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as representing Berlin Modernism (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1239).
Onlookers saw Eloise move around the garden courtyard of the buildings firstly stacking the bricks in the centre of the courtyard and exiting the space before re-entering and repeatedly bringing down the layers of the bricks onto the floor so that colour quickly exploded across the ground. Like the confetti left outside a church after a wedding or on the streets after a parade, Ticker-Tape acts as a sign for human interaction.
By placing the bricks in the space Eloise celebrated the work of architect Bruno Taut, whose motto was “Colour is zest for life” (Farbe ist Lebensfreude). The buildings surrounding the space she selected are still painted in the same vibrant shades that were part of Taut’s design in 1929. Like the distance between rows of houses, the generous-sized rooms and the many windows brightening up each apartment, the colours were a deliberate decision intended to make life more pleasant for low-income tenants. Ticker-Tape: Berlin acknowledged the careful consideration that was given to ensuring living spaces were conducive to a healthy and happy community - a sentiment that should be upheld and celebrated.