David Annand: Light of the City
David Annand takes a remarkably fresh somewhat evolutionary approach to public art commissions, he says his sculptures are not just about creating a sense of place but for the art to become the place, his sculptures are structures that people can walk into and use, combining practicality with aesthetic vision.
His work is quiet engagement not confrontation. Over the last few years Annand has worked with both the public and groups on various projects in Ireland and the UK.
David Annand works with two main companies, Powderhall Bronze Ltd and Cam Welding & Fabrications – specialists in stainless steel.
In 2010 to mark the centenary of the six towns uniting as one city as Stoke-on-Trent as well as referencing the Staffordshire hoard David Annand was commissioned to create ‘The Light of the City’ in which two figures stand on a stainless steel hexagonal pedestal, the sides of which bear the names of the six towns. The male figure holds a plate above the couple head bathing then in light, The plate represents the Staffordshire hoard and the underside is etched with a two line poem that reads: ‘Salute with light, our city’s year, a century embracing. Reflecting with pride our city’s skills, from earth to table gracing.‘
Click here to watch a film about the making of Light of the City.
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