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I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same

Heather and Ivan Morison, I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life has not been the same, 14 July 2006, Bristol.

Synopsis

On Friday 14 July 2006, a jack-knifed lorry shed its load of 25,000 flowers across Bristol City Centre. At 6pm, passers-by began to take the flowers and by 7pm the installation was entirely dispersed across Bristol, as people walked home carrying armfuls of flowers. This was Heather and Ivan Morison's I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life will not be the same... commissioned for the British Art Show 6 in Bristol. Unannounced and unexplained, the work operated as part-monument and part-performance intervention into public space which captured the public's imagination.

Description

On Friday 14 July 2006, a jack-knifed lorry shed its load of 25,000 flowers across Bristol City Centre.

At 6pm, passers-by began to take the flowers and by 7pm the installation was entirely dispersed across Bristol, as people walked home carrying armfuls of flowers. This was Heather and Ivan Morison’s I lost her near Fantasy Island. Life will not be the same… commissioned for the British Art Show 6 in Bristol. Unannounced and unexplained, the work operated as part-monument and part-performance intervention into public space which captured the public’s imagination.

Heather and Ivan Morison

The Morisons’ artworks convey the simple pleasures and passions of their endeavours and of those they meet, from amateur floristry to beekeeping. The formal outcomes of their investigations include postcards sent to a growing mailing list, LED displays of text messages, slide shows, LP recordings of conversations, radio broadcasts, one-off events, intriguing temporary structures and science-fiction novels written whilst in transit. Many of these blend factual recall with fictionalisation, merging information into a shifting narrative that builds on the mythology of Heather and Ivan Morison’s lives and the lives of the people they encounter. For further information about the Morisons' work, visit www.morison.info

 

  • Commissioner

    British Art Show 6

  • Produced by

    Situations

  • Partners

    British Art Show 6, Situations

  • Supported by

    Arts Council of England (ACE)