Inspired by the natural formation of ice crystals and a development of the Textures of Winter installation of 2016, these wintry blooms are crafted from recycled commercial packaging materials donated by Leeds Art Gallery.
Operating 20th Nov-4th Jan, 4pm – 4am
Most of the Frost Blossoms lights are made from foam packaging sourced, by chance, when Alison was helping with the Park Here and Play event in the summer. The foam was wrapped around pieces of the large red structures built for the event, and there is still a lot left for future projects!
Alison is currently participating in Leeds Creative Labs, a collaborative programme run by Opera North and the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds. Alison is collaborating with a team of academics led by Dr Chris Hassall, a Lecturer in Animal Biology, and is keen to learn more about the organic structures which inspire her work.
The title "frost blossoms" is a term used to describe ice formations created when water freezes in certain natural conditions, often extruded from plants or formed on rocks in rivers or lakes.
Her work often recycles discarded, man-made materials into art with organic forms and textures.
For Light Night in 2016, Alison created a piece called The Indestructible Reef, a series of glowing, recycled plastic sculptures inspired by coral reefs, highlighting the prediction that there may be more plastic than fish in our ocean by 2050.