• Bright shadows point

Curran, Fiona, 2021, Art or design object, Bright shadows point

Abstract or Description:

Bright Shadows Point is a public sculpture commissioned through the Contemporary Art Society for Turing Locke in Eddington, Cambridge, UK. It comprises a group of three low carbon steel structures that explore the multiple and layered histories of Eddington with particular reference to the archaeological and astronomical histories of the site. Eddington is named after Sir Arthur Eddington, professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University in the early part of the 20th century. This work references photographs taken by Eddington during a complete solar eclipse in 1919. These images helped to map Einstein’s theory of relativity through capturing the curvature of light from the movement of stars. The sculptures also reference research undertaken by Cambridge Archaeological Unit at Cambridge University (who were a partner on the project). Their excavation work over 30 years has unearthed a network of settlements dating back several thousand years. Curran took inspiration from the shapes cut into the landscape by the archaeological teams when carrying out their digs, as well as the maps, plans and aerial viewpoints documented in their research findings. The shadows cast by the solar eclipse and the creation of shadows on the landscape – from both the ground level and the aerial perspective – give the work its name and highlight the encounters with place drawn from multiple scales and perspectives.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
School or Centre: School of Design
Copyright Holders: Fiona Curran
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 14:17
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 09:39
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5015
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