After my research on Cardiff’s industrial and manufacturing past I started to thinks about materials appropriate to the subject.
Bob Campbell recycles Mechanical and Industrial parts to make furniture and sculpture. http://www.stig-art.co.uk/
Jim Zivic, sculptural table made of coal. http://jimzivicdesign.com/
Cardiff had been a small town before the nineteenth century when it became a major exporter of coal and iron. The Bute west dock was built in 1839, the Bute east dock built in 1855, the Roath basin dug in 1874 and the Roath dock built in 1887. The rail way reached Cardiff in 1841, easier transport fueled fueled industrial growth in Cardiff. Its industries included shipbuilding rope making, iron and steel, brewing milling and paper making.
In 1905 Cardiff was made a city in 1955 it became the welsh capital. In the twentieth century the port and manufacturing industries declined drastically and were replaced but service industries.
From the city brief we were given I have chosen to look at the hidden city. To start my project I went on a walk to Cardiff bay looking for inspiration and taking photos of anything that interested me. When reflecting on the pictures I took I found an interest in the industrial past of Cardiff bay, I think I had expected to see more signs of its former functions but found it to be mostly built up with modern apartment buildings and restaurants. From this experience I am going to focus my project on Cardiff’s industrial past.
While starting our proses for bronze casting we experimented with alginate casting.
It was then tipped out of the paper cup and the alginate was pulled away revealing a highly detailed cast of a hand.