Projects

Ruined

Ruined, 2010. Hew Locke. Photo: Jamie Woodley

Synopsis

Situations, UWE was appointed by Bristol City Council to produce a new public artwork for Brunswick Cemetery. In 2009 Hew Locke was commissioned by Bristol City Council to create an artwork which responded to the rich social and cultural history of this cemetery and local area.

Description

Brunswick Cemetery was established around 1770 and later, it became a Unitarian burial ground until 1963. The cemetery retains a number of historic features including monuments, boundary walls and a Georgian mortuary chapel. Since the mid 1980s, the cemetery has been used as a public park and, following extensive re-landscaping in 2010, is now known as Brunswick Cemetery Gardens.

Situations, UWE was appointed by Bristol City Council to produce a new public artwork for Brunswick Cemetery. In 2009 Hew Locke was commissioned by Bristol City Council to create an artwork which responded to the rich social and cultural history of this cemetery and local area. His work, Ruined, is a series of cast iron grave markers which have been fabricated using the artist’s original designs. These ornate forms relate to the share certificates and historical documents of commercial companies which no longer exist or have undergone transformation through takeovers, bankruptcy, nationalisation or other economic or political changes.

To access a text produced by Claire Doherty, Director of Situations on the occasion of the launch of Ruined and to watch a video of Hew Locke speaking about his new work visit www.situations.org.uk.

 

Hew Locke-Ruined from Claire Doherty on Vimeo.

 

  • Commissioner

    Bristol City Council

  • Produced by

    Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol

  • Partners

    The Unitarians and St Paul's Unlimited

  • Supported by

    Knightstone Housing