• Sundby portals

Alderson-Bythell, Louis, 2023, Art or design object, Sundby portals

Abstract or Description:

Sundby Portals is a project in collaboration with Natural Materials Studio, Copenhagen. These works were commissioned by OMF Sundby and funded by Copenhagen Commune.

The project positioned 3 public sculptures across the neighbourhood. Taking the form of portals, each of these referencing a distinct material and environmental narrative related to Sundby, using the elements of Sea, Sky and Soil. These portals are intended to elevate, invert and twist perspectives on the local geography and create an East/West procession across the area, whilst using reclaimed, sustainably sourced and naturally safe materials in their construction.

The sculptures sit on a route crossing the commune from Amager Fælled to Amager Strand, a material and elemental procession. We wanted to experiment as much as possible with reclaimed or natural materials for these works.

Fabrication was done at the Statens Værksteder for Kunst over the course of 2022 with final elements completee at site. We would like to thanks SVFK for their generous support and technical expertise in assisting with these works.

Materials for the work were provided by Dinesen/ Bank of Materials, SoulDK, and Havens Hænder.

These works were made involving local residents from around Sundby in completing each work with support from OMF Sundby in coordinating the workshops. Each workshop was held over 1 day in October 2022.

The 'Sea Portal' used dried eelgrass, a material that has an interesting history in Denmark.

The Sky portal in Englandsparken uses reclaimed Douglas Fir sealed with linseed pigments, with etched apartures to view the park.

The Soil portal was the final sculpture to be installed. It sits at the entrance to Phillipsparken in Amager in the rose garden. This work was produced at site, and is made from Hempcrete, supplied by Havens Hænder in Copenhagen.

CollaboratorHvillum, Bonnie
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
School or Centre: School of Design
Copyright Holders: Louis Alderson-Bythell and Bonnie Hvillun
Funders: Copenhagen Commune
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sculpture; Regenerative Art; Public Art; Community Sculpture; Hempcrete; Waste Wood; Seaweed
Date Deposited: 20 May 2024 14:30
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 14:30
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5841
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