In This Day and That Age

Date: 
2008
Location: 
The Place, Sunniside, Sunderland
Client: 
Sunniside Partnership, Sunderland City Council
Architects: 
Reid Jupp Brown
Budget: 
£60,000

A complete drawing has been created to screen print on louvers which run across the front of the building. At times the image will be complete when the shutters are closed and at other times fragmented as the louvers rotate to cast shade and filtered light into the interior of the building.

‘In This Day and That Age’’ takes images from the past and weaves them together to create a new and poetic cityscape for the future. The design created for the glass louvers responds to the idea and meaning of regeneration and the potential of the future. It acknowledges and commemorates the rich history and character of Sunniside. Children’s building blocks have been used to create a playful new city clad with intricate drawings of architectural details taken from historic buildings in Sunniside. The drawings have been twisted, turned, overlaid and repeated, taking the old and creating something new. Hidden in the imaginary city are real moments that have been frozen in time; blossom blooming, an elderly man crossing the road, seagulls swooping.

The image is also a direct response to Sunderland’s rich glass and ceramics heritage; the overall ornamental style of the work is a reflection of much of the intricate beauty found in objects housed at the Museum.

The glass changes continually throughout the day and night, as the shutters move and as the light changes from outside and from within the building. Viewers enjoy the play of light and colour as an abstract drawing or explore the work further, discovering the layers of imagery or recognizing elements from the surrounding area.

Technical Details

The drawing is a composite of over a thousand layers of imagery which needed to be created in a high enough resolution to ensure quality at the large scale with which they were to be used. Much of the design is created from drawings made directly from architectural details from the Sunniside area. These drawings are combined with photographic imagery also collect from the area.  

The drawing is then made into films and silkscreen printed in enamels onto the glass. The enamels are fired on during the toughening process. The silver highlights are laminated between two sheets of glass.