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Our proposal is to create contemporary luminous windows based on our observations and research on historical York.
Inspiration derives from patterned and decorative surfaces found in York. A particular fascination is with the repeating patterns originating in the Five Sisters Windows and the intricate floor tiles in York Minster. We are continuing our research into the drawings of John Barnes and the details of the grisaille filling in the Minster windows.
We have a crafts orientated approach to our work combining the heritage of traditional artisan skills with new and industrial technologies. Through previous projects, we have an extensive resource of research into historical pattern making and geometry.
We look to augment the gallery window spaces bringing life and luminosity and hopefully provoking a renewed interest in York Art Gallery. A large part of our design methodology is to explore the duality of the work in different lighting conditions. Through working with experts in our chosen materials we can create stunning effects night and day, combining the optical and reflecting properties of light with the simple animation of flat display technologies. We will begin sample testing with laminating electroluminescence (EL) between double glazed glass. This will be realized with Elumin8 Systems, EL manufacturers and Fusion Glass, specialists in glass installations. It is worth noting that this is a new and exciting development and no other building has been installed with this ‘electronic’ light emitting glass. Our sampling will include experiments with patterning the glass its self through etching and printing and working on the appropriate aesthetic in combination with the printed EL pattern. Durability tests are currently underway to determine the life span of the light source and the most efficient weatherproofing methods. The use of EL is commercially available for outdoor applications and is used to illuminate road signs and large billposters but we are one of the first companies to be working creatively with this technology.
All our design process is documented online, updated weekly and communicated with all the key people involved with this installation. Approval is sought on all artwork proposed from the Renaissance Group with scheduled presentations.
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We have also researched the York City Archives and found various proposals for the gallery’s façade showing the building’s Italian renaissance style in much more detailed way then ever realized. We use them as a visual guide to help us drawing a line from the 12th century glasswork to the 15th century architecture and on to the 21st century display technologies, we will be using.
- 17 Nov 2004
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