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Textures of Winter


Park Square
Alison’s installation hangs high from the central tree in Park Square. Textures of Winter is reminiscent of the evolution of ice subject to heat and cold. Having gathered plastic from Leeds retailers, Alison recycles this industrial retail detritus, transforming it into the organic textures and forms of her sculptural lighting.
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Textures of Winter
Textures of Winter
Textures of Winter

Alison Smith’s series of lanterns, created from the discarded, man-made materials of Leeds’ retail industry, hang high from the central tree in Park Square this December.

Part of the city centre’s business district, the Square hosts Alison’s ethereal, glowing lanterns. The works  paradoxically create warmth and cold, as their light suggests festive lantern light and simultaneously mimics the layers and textures conjured by the season’s ice, frost and snow. The installation creates textures and shapes reminiscent of ice formations in evolution as they melt, re-form and grow.

Alison created her spiky lanterns from 100 cones of sheet plastic, giving the packaging for new mattresses, recently delivered to the Leeds Marriott Hotel, a further lease of life. The softer lanterns she has created are made from layer upon layer of discarded sheet foam, acquired from all sorts of businesses around Leeds, and cut by hand.

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Alison’s spiky lanterns were made from packaging from the Marriott Hotel.
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Alison’s soft lanterns were cut by hand, from Leeds’ retail detritus.
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Alison is the first Artist in Residence at 130 Vicar Lane.
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Her work often recycles discarded, man-made materials into art with organic forms and textures.
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For Light Night, 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.
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