ATL art projects
Aquarium Technology recently worked over a nine month period with highly acclaimed local artist Andy Kirkby on the production of a very ambitious piece of Street Art entitled ‘Under The Hill’
Andy was commissioned to produce three major pieces of public art, sponsored jointly by New Look, Sainsbury & Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, for display at the burgeoning Weymouth Gateway Site. Each was to maintain a connection with the past and preserve elements of Weymouth’s heritage but all to be achieved with a modern translation.
The major component of ‘Under The Hill’ consists of a large fabricated acrylic aerofoil structure manufactured by ATL in their Weymouth factory, under Andy’s guidance, which forms the roof section of a permanent bus shelter. ATL are no strangers and art and this is the latest in a long time association with famous ATL art projects. Following several months of planning and design the various components were machined and clear bonded together to form a robust clear structure which Andy later decorated with coloured pigments and recovered brass musical instruments which were arranged to flow through the structure.
The completed ‘roof’ was then mounted on a specially built stainless steel frame and made ready for installation at the Gateway Site adjacent to the newly opened Sainsbury supermarket where it continues to serve as a very attractive and much admired piece of practical art. Andy’s inspiration for this stunning piece comes from childhood stories relating to fairy music which it was said could be heard coming from beneath the ground on top of nearby Bincombe Hill with its group of ancient barrows.
‘Under The Hill’ is unveiled by Antiques Roadshow expert and local resident Paul Atterbury together with the Mayor of Weymouth and invited guests.
The large acrylic bus shelter aerofoil structure was formed and bonded by ATL in three sections and decorated by the artist before installation.