One of the longer running projects has been the work by Gate Acre Comp.
We have now selected 15 artworks by the pupils which have been engraved onto alcohol bottles – these 15 represent the 15 minute interval between each alcohol related death in the UK. The pieces depict a range of collages showing varied notions about drink, being drunk and the harsh results that alcohol misuse can lead to. The bottles are to be filled with coloured liquids much like the old pharmacy window displays (we think this was an indicator that the Pharmacist was able to mix medicines from scratch) – they will also be accompanied by 15 coloured LED lights which will highlight the 15 minute timescale.
The piece hopes to go on display at TBC.
The pupils of Gateacre Comp have made good progress with their Alcohol statistic pieces and have culminated their idea for the final piece.
The work will comprise of 90 bottles – each one representing an alcohol related fatality – some of these will be decorated with collaged ideas about the use, misuse and effects of alcohol – all of them will be lit with a coloured LED light and every 15 minutes one light will go out, representing a death. All 90 lights will extinguish in the path of a day and will be re-lit for the next day.
The piece plans to be shown in Childwall Health Centre in April.
Back with the pupils of Gateacre comp this week after the half term break – we focused on the theme of the piece.
Alcohol abuse is a key issue for the PCT with 1 in 7 drinkers in Liverpool drinking at levels that will harm their health.
We had a brainstorm and discussion around the whole world of alcohol, what it meant to people, it’s effects, how it’s presented and consumed – this was to give us ample material to resource from. During the session several of the group were sketching and doodling and a common theme appeared – the idea of containment within a bottle…
We are looking to marry this idea with the PCT statistic that in the UK approx 90 people die every day from an alcohol related reason (33,000 a year) and there are 121 alcohol-related hospital admissions per hour. We aim to build a piece that will communicate these figures in an interesting and impact driven way. Next week we finalise our approach and get building!
Pupils of Gateacre comp continued their project about creating art around Health statistics. Wednesdays session let them explore some simple electronics and programming which they hope to build into the pieces. Local developer and co-founder of DoES Liverpool, Adrian McEwen introduced the basics to the technology and provided some examples.
The group were then able to assemble some interactive pieces that allowed them to control lights and motors through different inputs such as light sensors, button presses and temperature gauges. The idea is to use some novel interactions in conjunction with some art pieces to promote some of the PCT’s core message for this year.