|Salford Quays - the site (right side)|
|The site (left side)|
|The site (showing both sides)|
The images above show the former Dock 9 on the Manchester Ship Canal. This is the site of Ingrid Hu's artwork entitled 'Erie's Rest'. Many parts of the redeveloped Salford Quays are named after areas of Canada where the Manchester Liners would sail to and from, with imported and exported goods.
The artwork spans both sides of the canal basin. The shape of the sculpture echoes the ebb and flow of the Canal. The artist was inspired by stories of an ancestor who claimed to have walked on both the Canal floor during its construction, and the Canal surface when it froze to ice.
Ingrid asked me to design and make the ceramics to be inserted into the artwork. I used water as a theme. Water links the Manchester Ship Canal to the rest of the world, without it trade with different countries would not have been so vast. I chose a raindrop shape that would reflect memories and images of the past within it's bulbous form.
|Sketch of raindrop idea on bench|
|Raindrop prototypes - glazed|
|Relief tile prototype|
|Unlocking Salford Quays Exhibition|
|Design Board - Erie's Rest|