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5429434Sarah Staton: Edith & Hans
DateFriday 16th September 2016 to Saturday 15th September 2018
DescriptionProminent British artist Sarah Staton has created a permanent new outdoor artwork in the grounds of the University of Bristol's Stoke Bishop campus. Edith and Hans is a 21st century folly: a 'social sculpture' for the public and students living nearby, which will launch on 15th September. Located in a meadow between the Wills Hall and Hiatt Baker halls of residence, the new artwork is conceived as an 'outdoor room', somewhere between a ruin and an archaeological find. The highly textured sculpture is constructed from artist-designed wood-fired tiles, reclaimed red and blue bricks and pennant stone. The artwork will provide a place for contemplation, a meeting space, a site for picnicking and a locale for stargazing. Surrounded by Elizabethan meadow planting designed by the artist and orientated to harness the warmth of the afternoon sun, the sculpture offers long views across Avonmouth and into Wales in one direction, and in the other, a view up to Wills Hall past its inspirational chimneys and beyond to the stars. Staton's practice combines design and art history influences with formal sculptural values, often mixing traditional craft techniques with cutting-edge technology. She draws together various influences in her work: in the case of Edith and Hans, making multiple references to both the historic site of the artwork and its contemporary context. This encompasses the formerly grand 19th century Downside House that was extended to become Wills Hall in the 1920s, and the five other halls of residence representing different architectural styles from across the 20th century that occupy the site today. The sculptures are named after the artist's grandmother Edith and great uncle Hans who both had personal connections to Bristol. As Director of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Hans knew the Wills and Hiatt Baker families who were patrons of the arts and gave their names to the adjacent halls of residence.
Time(s)From Sep 16, Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
LocationHiatt Baker And Wills Halls Of Residence
Pricefree
AddressHiatt Baker Hall Parrys Lane
Bristol
Post codeBS9 1AD
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