Bottle Knot sculpture at Hunger Hill in Poole.

This public artwork by Michael Condron is inspired by the "Newfoundland Bottle Knot" in celebration of Poole's historic maritime trade.

Curved stainless steel strips arch out of the ground to form the coils of a knotted rope. Metal rope patterns continue across the floor, linking the sculpture arches and completing the knot.

 

At dusk the sculpture is internally illuminated in shades of blue, with light spilling through gaps in the metalwork strips.

The gaps widen as the sculpture coils upwards allowing more light to escape, making the colour more vivid and creating a prominent landmark from a distance. Up close, blue light reflecting off the polished surfaces creates a spectacular effect.

 

 

Installation

It took just one day to erect the structure, but two weeks to bolt on all the cladding sections!   Installation was completed in March 2022.

Michael worked with many local groups, schools, organizations and individuals to develop initial ideas. Sessions were themed on local heritage and ranged from discussions to larger-than-life plaster sculpting. A huge amount of artwork was produced which helped inform the design of the gateway sculptures.

With thanks to all who contributed.

Participants

Arts University Bournemouth: Discussions with staff and students.

Birds of Poole Harbour: Hosted drop-in "plumage" art workshops open to the public.

Bournemouth & Poole College: Large scale plaster/scrim sculpting.

Carter Community College: Large-scale card sculpting.

Montacute School: LED willow/collage sculptures.

"Fresh Talent" group at Poole Printmakers: Clay sculpting and mould making.

Lighthouse Arts Centre: Hosted public card sculpting workshops.

Poole High School: Large-scale card sculpting.

 

Art workshops with students and residents

 

Poole History Centre: Discussions and research.

Poole Maritime Trust: Discussions and research.

Poole Museum: Discussions and research.

Poole Old Lifeboat Museum: Discussion and research, also shared the "Newfoundland Bottle Knot"

Poole Quays Forum: Hosted artist talk and discussion for local residents.

RNLI: Research, and hosted artist talk for employees.

Steet Scene: Site preparation and installation.

West Quay Ropes: Discussion and research.

"Young Archaeologists Club" at Poole Museum: Clay and plaster workshop.

 


Art workshops with students and residents