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the glass work

The Glass Work invites you to take a photograph of your surroundings and will immediately interpret the photo as a soundscape.

The Glass Work reads the colours in the images people send and interprets them as sounds played on six hand blown glass gongs.

The work was created in collaboration with young people from St Helens and reflects these collective journeys and encounters. It was inspired by looking out from the carpark on above Church Square and having the view curated by young people who knew it well. We almost got locked in the shopping centre on the way out!

It was envisaged that the work might one day return to the carpark, looking out over St Helens, serenading the town and singing its song.

The outline of the work matches the chimney at World Of Glass, somewhere everyone from St Helens knows! It leans forward with the architectural confidence of the town’s brutalist carparks. The sound and arrangement of the gongs is a development of work started with a group at the Perth Community Centre - they’re played using the insides of doorbells!

It’s the latest in a series of projects that explore how an audience can use technology and social media to contribute to and influence an artwork.

The Glass Work was jointly commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), a digital arts organisation based in Liverpool and Heart of Glass. Heart of Glass commissions artists to produce art with the communities of St Helens.

The glass elements were designed in collaboration with and blown by Charlie Burke and Amy Skachill-Kelly from World Of Glass in St Helens. t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

We create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

We are artists, makers and creative thinkers, with strong social focus, inspired by spaces and the public realm. We use light, sound and interactive technologies to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging works - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual, audible and interactive elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites.

Our work ranges from community consultation and design and build for the public realm to bespoke creative technology development for private projects. Clients include local authorities, arts organisations, national museums and international companies.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029