Coralie designed a 10m x 2m artwork for Hannah Court, a new student accommodation development in Sheffield close to the cultural industries quarter.
Using polished stainless steel, cast bronze and gold leaf the artwork reflects both the heritage of steelworking in the area and the outdoor city.
The torch or beam of sparks on the right of the design reflects the sparks theme which emerged from a thumbnail sketch discussion relating to Sheffield’s industrial heritage in the early stages of the design process.
The factory operating on the site would have been making sparks in its manufacture of steel items as would other small factories in the area, the flickering light from sparks and the sounds of machinery from this process will have dominated the atmosphere.
The triangular part of the design on the left of the image represents the craggy cliffs of Stanage Edge and Sheffield’s modern reputation as an outdoor city which attracts many students to study here. It also could be interpreted as forms found in crystal structures. It has angles within it that are similar shapes to the letters in HANNAH,
In developing the design the theme has incorporated a graphic style relating to scandinavian design with luxurious and indulgent real gold detail.
There are also Art Deco influences in this design in the shapes and the gold detail and the original logo for Silverpride who’s factory was on this site contains lines that fan out in a similar way to the main beam part of the design.
This design is aspirational, gives an energy to the building as well as a stylistic and heritage related theme. It adds luxury and texture and is light, fun and contemporary.