Gloucester Docks

Mixed media. 1999.

This work was made in response to time spent at Gloucester Docks, formerly a thriving and busy port. In 1999 much of it was still fairly run down- though in the early stages of rejuvenation for other uses.

Plimsoll Line

'Plimsoll Line' refers to the marks on the side of merchant ships indicating the limit to which they could legally be submerged when loaded. Devised by Samuel Plimsoll in the 19th century, this simple device saved both ships and lives. The lines would rise and fall against the water as the goods were loaded and unloaded. The work was made to honour the history of these empty and now unused docks warehouses, which at one time were continually filled and emptied with commodities such as grain from vessels in port, and imagined this filling and emptying process applied to a warehouse. A broad white band was temporarily applied onto and around one of these warehouses.

Plimsolls (Size 3)

'Plimsolls (Size 3)' references the wide white bands on footwear of the same name.

Fake

'Fake' is a term for a rope which is coiled in order to keep it tidy. A length of rope found discarded at Gloucester Docks was itself transformed into a bronze 'Fake', permanently sited on the quayside as a reminder of the many 'fakes' there would once have been.

Ice Fakes

'Fakes' made of ice originating from the same piece of rope, thrown in the water at the docks, slowly swirled, melted and disappeared, acting as yet another memory of the past.