Tutu (2009)


I was elected by Commissions East to create an artwork for the imposing 10 metre high foyer of the new Jerwood Dance House building situated on the regenerated Ipswich waterfront. The venue brings world class dance to the East of England working with established choreographers and dance companies along with classes for a wide variety of dance styles.

Utilizing 36 handmade Russian Ballet tutus this large scale chandelier is constructed to resemble a tall slender flower head. Each tutu becomes a blossoming flower head, the teal fabric transforming into delicate translucent petals. There are twelve tiers, each containing three tutus and fading in colour from dark strawberry to pale Champagne.

Size – H600cm x W220cm 

Materials – Teal Tutus, aluminium framework, acrylic semi-spheres and low energy light bulbs.