Hope. The Starfly Installation

christ church AG

Earlier this year, I was commissioned by Christ Church in Oxton, Wirral : http://christchurchbirkenhead.net/index.htm   to design and install an artwork in the church. The artwork would become a central piece for the Christ Church arts Festival, which ran 5 – 7 July 2013 and the aim was to work with the community and local schools.

I took photographs around the church and played around with the images until I found something that I thought would appeal to younger children as well as adults. The resulting image, I called a Starfly, as it resembled both star and butterfly, though the initial design was of the arches within the stained glass windows.

Over a period of about two months, I went into the local school and Tots group and worked with the children, making the starflies out of recycle paper.

When all of the Starflies were completed, I strung them across the altar space of the church. As the church still held regular services, the ‘curtain’ needed to be light and have gaps in to be able to view the altar.

St John the Evangelist planes

I originally made the paper planes that I exhibited during the Liverpool Independents Biennial, for DWF: http://dwf.uk.com/ .  This was an event that was going to happen last summer, but for various reasons was held back until March this year.  I was told that ‘my’ venue was to be St John the Evangelist – a redundant church in New Briggate, Leeds :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_the_Evangelist%27s_Church,_Leeds  Since the originally showing of the planes in Liverpool, I’d added about a 100 more – all made from the ACE application form.  ( ACE supported my trip to Stockholm last year) The other planes were made from books and maps, as before.

DWF: Various venues in Leeds, until 22 March

St Johns Leeds 4a                         St Johns Leeds 006a