Sylvania Illuminates Work Of Art For Canterbury Festival

sleep exerciseSylvania, part of the Feilo Sylvania Group, has donated over 200 fluorescent tubes to light a thought provoking piece of work by the internationally renowned artist Bernardí Roig.

The exciting exhibition will take place at Canterbury Cathedral during the Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival (15 October-5 November 2016) and will be on display to the public for two weeks during the Festival.  

Each year, the Festival uses the stunning Chapter House in Canterbury Cathedral to showcase contemporary art projects. This year, visitors will be treated to ‘Sleepless Light Exercises’ a life-sized sculpture by Roig of an isolated male figure leaning against one of the Cathedral’s interior walls, illuminated by 200 Sylvania T8 fluorescent tubes.

Emma Brasó, Cultural Programme Curator at the University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury) and curator of this exhibition, says: “We would like to thank Sylvania for supporting the exhibition and kindly donating the fluorescent tubes. It is always great to have Canterbury Cathedral involved with the Festival and this year’s sculpture is fantastic. We look forward to welcoming everyone as they visit.”

“We were delighted to be able to support the exhibition,” comments Mark Hughes, UK Marketing Manager at Feilo Sylvania. “Lighting is often just thought of as a way to light a space but it can also create atmosphere and bring exhibits to life, just like it is doing for the Bernardí Roig sculpture.”

Roig’s work explores themes like human isolation, loneliness, the body’s deterioration and the limits of knowledge. The sculpture he has created for this exhibition is cast from polyester resin and marble dust, with the pure white colour of the man’s body being brought to life by the artificial light. Roig’s previous projects have toured historic sites around the world including Burgos Cathedral and La Lonja de Palma de Mallorca.

The Chapter House, dating from the early 1400s, is where the Cathedral’s monks would gather to read from their Benedictine rule. It is the largest of its kind in England, with a very high roof constructed from Irish oak.

 

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