Bristol is built on the river, by the river, and with the river. The city and its history is interlinked with the extraordinarily powerful tides of the Bristol Channel. Twice a day the strong and rapid currents push water many kilometers up the River Avon, and then back out again. Effectively, it is a waterway that flows in both directions. Bristol as we know it was formed by harnessing this force of nature.
The integrated public artwork for the new Bristol Arena consists of a visual illusion of movement, built into the 300 metre long circular facade. You perceive it at any given time, and regardless of which side of the building you see. It will give the impression of a light-emitting core floating inside a dark solid, slowly rotating around its own axis.
This motion follows the direction, speed and intensity of the fluctuating tidal currents of River Avon, which passes by the site. The rotation moves clockwise as the tide rises, slowing down to a halt as it reaches high tide, and then reversing to a counter-clockwise motion as the water flows back out at ebb tide.
Commission; Public Artwork
Scheduled for completion 2018
Temple Quarter, Bristol, United Kingdom
Björn Ehrlemark (Researcher Jonas Dahlberg Studio), Johanna Fager. (Architect Jonas Dahlberg Studio), Carin Kallenberg (Researcher Jonas Dahlberg Studio)
Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, Populous Architects, BuroHappold Engineers, Vanguardia and Field Art Projects(Team)
Bristol City Council (Producer)