Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Shoeshine

Here is another installation from the windows of the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, making up part of The Open West contemporary art competition. This piece is the creation of Henny Burnett and is entitled The Shoemaker's Shrine.

Burnett says "This installation is a response to Northamptonshire's shoe industry both past and present. The central piece consists of hanging cast latex shoes suspended in a cluster, each lit by its own pool of light. Entrapped within the translucent casts are various pressed flowers, field grasses and butterflies which make reference to the Victorian "secret Language of Flowers." A memorial to the shoe industry's Victorian heyday."

I liked this piece for its simplicity, though I'm sure it was far from simple to create.
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11 comments:

Virginia said...

Well I"ll be, as we say down here. That's an interesting and just grand piece of sculpture. I LIKE IT!
I'd like to see it in person by the way. Thanks Marley.
V

Dusty Lens said...

Whoa! talk about shiny new shoes.

Bergson said...

for walking on the night ?

Bibi said...

Very interesting...but perhaps I've read too many real-life horror stories, like the one about the man (I imagine like Hannibal Lector) who used human skin for lampshades....ooooh. This kind of reminds me of that.

magiceye said...

strangely attractive!

Hilda said...

I understand the concept but they remind me too much of egg sacs. My hair's standing on end!

Jackie said...

That is so cool. I'm from Northamptonshire and my grandad used to work in the shoe industry, so I'm feeling all nostalgic now :)

Mo said...

Have you seen the movie 'kinky boots'? Also about the shoe industry in Northampton.

D.C. Confidential / Janet Kincaid said...

Oh, that's funky. Cool, but funky.

brian said...

that looks pretty cool! some people are so creative =)

Babooshka said...

These are so cool. Are you living in a funkier place these days or do you just notice more now?

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