'Wateringhole' July/August 2013
Our clients, Sandra and James Donnelly, welcomed us to create an installation in Ugos Cafe Bar as guests on the Leigh Art Trail. It's a stylish venue, and stylish clients, so we wanted something clean and crisp. A cafe or bar, or wateringhole, is a place to meet, gather, interact. We were inspired by David Attenboroughs panoramic views of landscapes and vast throngs of animals at rivers and wateringholes, and the animals in the installation trotted or meandered towards the wateringhole. To see so many of a species of animal is visually exciting - the idea of multiples really appeals to us. The idea of installing from the ceiling - to turn earth up to heaven - and then heaven becomes earth - the idea of turning it all upside down gave us the message of the artwork - if earth was viewed above that those in Ugos would be in heaven. We really enjoyed this - the landscape was best views from a seated position, or from the bar area, as the vista was both on the floor and from the ceiling. It was a real pleasure to work with Sandra and James. Many thanks.
'Wateringhole' is a site specific artwork for Ugo's Cafe Bar, exploring the idea of gatherings as heaven and earth are transposed.