Box 459

AR Design Studio, Winchester, 2014

 

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Installation commissioned by Winchester City Council

On 4th August 2014, 100 years after the start of World War 1, the UK population was invited to take part in ‘Lights Out’, a nation-wide campaign to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.

The architect was commissioned by Winchester City Council to design a light sculpture to commemorate the fallen across the Winchester district as part of ‘Lights Out’.

BOX 459 was inspired by the 459 fallen soldiers from Winchester. The box emits powerful shafts of light that shine through 459 apertures representing the city’s lost generation. A further 43 coloured apertures represent the fallen heroes of the 43 parishes in the Winchester District.

BOX 459 symbolises the Armistice by translating the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month via the cubes dimensions, 1,100 x 1,100 x 1,100mm.

The cor-ten steel reflects the industrial nature and decay of modern warfare.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2014
  • Completed: Aug 2014
  • Floor area: 2m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £7,200
  • Funding: Winchester City Council
  • Tender date: Jul 2014
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Abbey House, The Broadway, Hampshire, Winchester, SO23 9BE , United Kingdom

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