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New Sculptures Will Capture the Essence of The Hive

A series of sculptures that will form special reading spaces within The Hive, will be unveiled by the artists on Thursday 1 February.

Artists Heather and Ivan Morrison considered ideas from hidden reading rooms to Sci-Fi inspired sandworms, along with the “essence of the cutting-edge library”, before deciding on their final piece ‘The Long Afternoon of Earth’.

Heather Morrison said: “There is much life in our libraries, and The Hive serves many people. I have thought a lot about what an artist could bring to this abundant place and cycled through many potential works and ideas. I finally decided to conceive a work that is both made of the library and brings warmth to the library. We have tried to capture that in the commission for The Hive.”

Made of recycled books and natural pigments The Long Afternoon of Earth is 12 sculptures that ask you to stop, settle, read. All 12 of these objects will be placed around The Hive, each with a tree growing in them, creating a dozen discreet spaces or settings.

Heather Morrison continued: “Sit here, they will say, next to the art and read, study, lunch, or snooze, and feel at home, feel warmth. The works speak of Burmese cats purring on a knee while reading, a roaring fire that invites you to settle with a travel book, a houseplant sitting in a stand next to your favourite reading spot.”

The project, commissioned by Meadow Arts, was inspired from meetings with The Hive staff, students, users and groups that frequent this vibrant and busy library. The Morrisons looked at what the people of Worcester read and they opened their process up to the Fine Art students of University of Worcester, who followed and participated in this live, unique project.

The artists’ sculptural works will complement the architecture of the building and convey a sense of the varied environments in which the act of reading occurs differently for different people.

The Hive is the first joint University and Public Library in Europe, and the artists have been using this fascinating intersection between academia and civic life to develop this new work for 2018.

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