Scheduled for completion 2012
Jessica Lloyd-Jones is currently working with Capita Architecture design team on a new public art commission. The new entrance and foyer to the Sherman Cymru Theatre will incorporate a specially designed creative intervention by Jessica that will be a part of the architecture of the building. Her proposed artwork for the underside of the curved entrance canopy and foyer ceiling, will feature the creative use of moiré effect optical interference patterning using glass, metal mesh and magenta illumination. Illusionary patterns of complex waveforms seen in the installation will appear to move and change as visitors walk through, viewing the artwork from various angles. It will transform the solid entrance canopy and the ceiling of the foyer into a fluid and ambiguous surface that attracts the eye and tricks it into perceiving space and movement. It does this in a way that seems completely appropriate for a theatrical space - particularly one that will go through the kind of metamorphosis that is proposed for the Sherman.
is a large piece: 27m in span and 6m wide. The dimensions are dictated
by the structure, as the artwork has to replace the ceiling through the
entire front entrance area in order for it to become properly integral
with the building. In practical terms it is necessary to design the
whole of the ceiling and the void above it as a very large 'light-box'.
The success of the installation will depend on the careful design of
details and the optimum material specifications.
The Sherman's redevelopment is being financed with a major Arts Council of Wales Lottery grant and this public art commission is being supported by the The Colwinston Charitable Trust.