Chandelier Graces Town Hall
Local artist captures Town Hall memories in ceramic
Trowbridge Town Hall, its history and architecture, was Bath based artist Elise Menghini's central inspiration for this chandelier, and was produced as part of her Trowbridge Arts artist residency, which ran from June 2014 for four months.
She is known for making playful and colourful objects, predominantly ceramic, that directly relate to 'place' and the stories behind historical landmarks. The Town Hall holds many diverse memories, ranging from the Suffragettes storming a public meeting in 1913, royalty waving from the balcony, the accused waiting in the basement cells to be taken before the Court, through to the Top Twenty Club hosting live music and dancing in the 1960's. These references are synthesized in this ornamental and mixed media piece, which offers a contemporary view of Trowbridge Town Hall's rich and intriguing past.
Also featured are porcelain fragmentary pieces of the buildings' patina, captured and created by impressing the real fabric of the Town Hall – walls, floors and architectural details – with clay. Elise says "I hope to show visitors a new way of connecting with and appreciating existing spaces. I am particularly interested in the displaying of contemporary art in historic settings, and how this combination brings alive both the exhibited pieces and the rich heritage that complements them."
The colours Elise has used were directly influenced by the magnificent stained glass windows found throughout the building and her studio during the residency in the Clerk's Office.
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