We were approached to suggest an effective way to disguise an awkward void in the Council’s Civic Centre’s, Banking Hall reception ceiling.
The solution was to provide four triangular fabric sails tensioned onto frames and suspended from the ceiling above.
We designed, manufactured and installed the tensile fabric sails, suspension cables and fittings. The sails were made from a lightweight pvc coated coated glass mesh fabric called Natte.
Combined with uplighters the sails are a dynamic and eye catching feature for the reception area.
Realising an artistís vision and capturing the true essence in their work is an onerous undertaking. Yet often collaboration can yield stunning results. The Aquatic Circus installation at Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth is one such project.
Ten tensile silk fish structures are suspended in the semi-circular atrium space. These bright fairground coloured fish belong to that imaginary circus created by textile artist Jan Blake. Each fish is suspended by one point allowing it to turn slowly and interact with a neighbouring fish. We created the delicate creatures from steel, fibre-glass rods and silk organza for Jan to painstakingly paint with procion dye. The effect is breath taking. Light and movement now fill the vast atrium space, transformed by an aquatic extravaganza.