Im delighted to announce that the project now has its own online shop, making the process of supporting the project easier than ever. 100% of all profits raised from online sales directly support the onward development and delivery of the Relics project. Why not fill that empty wall space with a limited edition print or browse the unique sponsorship packages or merchandise as a way to help realise more sites and installations of these unique artworks.
The shop can be accessed by clicking here or alternatively use the shop tab at the top. Happy browsing and thanks for any support in extending this unique project’s reach.
The Relics project has always had audience accessibility as a core objective throughout its development and delivery. In this spirit a large selection of the art pieces have been designed to allow for easy display both indoors and out. By creating sturdy and weatherproof solutions it is hoped that the project can reach the widest possible audiences through its deployment as a street gallery.
To make this feasable I have been working closely with the custom carpentry company, 1UP LIVING. Myself and the wonderful Jonathan Hicks have just finished the 8th day of hardware creation and the main exhibition components are now almost complete. This includes 6 custom photosphere bases as well as 4 unique free standing double faced light boxes which excitingly and unique to the project, can break apart into 8 individual wall mountable panels.
Be sure to come and check out the work and its unique display solutions when it is exhibited for the first time at the Wales Millennium Centre from the 20th June. The Photospheres will be visible in the main Boy Office with the Light boxes up on the second floor gallery.
Big Thanks must also go out to ACT Repro for doing such a good job printing the C-Types & front & reverse mounting them in Perspex.
The Arts section of this month´s magazine `Cardiff Life´ was opened with Relics, promoting the exhibition at the Wales Millennium Centre that opens on the 20th June.
RELICS AT CAERNARFON CASTLE from janire najera on Vimeo.
We have just returned from a very successful first installation of the largest photosphere in the project to date (and indeed history) at the absolutely stunning Caernarfon Castle.
The Photosphere is 3.8m in diameter giving it an image surface area of over 51 square metres! Without a doubt the largest image I’ve ever printed and to my knowledge likely the largest photosphere in existence (or at least at this resolution!). Big thanks must go to Jay Jay Sports for their continued support through the development of the photospheres and in particular for they recent sponsorship of the Relics project which has made this sphere a possibility.
The Sphere was up for 2 complete days and the public were captivated with both the detail and scale of the piece and many commented on how they felt it should be permanently installed at the site. We couldn’t have had two better days weather wise and the staff at the site were incredibly helpful throughout so big thanks to the Cadw Staff at Caernarfon. Special thanks to Janire Najera and Menna Alwen Thomas for their support during this install.
Stay posted to the site for images and timelapses from this installation as soon as I have a chance to render them up. Im excited to see them myself!
An article in this month´s magazine `Heritage in Wales´ gave information about the public installations undertaken so far for the Relics project.
We have just returned from a beautiful night and morning shooting at Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber in Pembrokeshire. The sphere looked simply out of this world and some great time-lapses were crafted under the stars. For this installation I was assisted by Janire Najera & Michal Iwanowski, who were incredibly helpful with all the kit and were great company throughout.
It was great to meet two separate couples at the site who had both witnessed the Tintern Abbey Photosphere earlier in the week. It seems Wales is sometimes smaller then you think!
Unfortunately due to the current weather conditions I have had to postpone the Caernarfon Castle Photosphere installation.
Stay tuned to the website news as I’ll post the new dates as soon as they are scheduled.
On Sunday 8th & Monday the 9th March I will be installing the 1.3m photosphere at Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber. If you are in Pembrokeshire or fancy a reason to get out this weekend then come on down to this unmanned site and see the artwork in-situ.
This is a stunning site that requires a short 100m walk to access along level ground. It is quite an exposed site so I may have to cancel if the winds are too high.
I will be onsite for the entire installation and am happy to talk so I look forward to seeing some of you down there.
For the first of the up and coming site-specific installations I will be heading down to the beautiful coastal village of Porthgain within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The installation is scheduled for Friday the 6th & Saturday the 7th of March and the photosphere is located right on the end of the harbour wall so when the tides is in its surrounded by water from almost all sides. The site is 100% open access and if the weather is nice there is loads to see and do in the vicinity, not least enjoying the coastal walk or the hospitality at the Sloop Inn.
This will be the second installation of the Porthgain Harbour Photosphere sphere at this site and its already one of my favourites, really coming into its own when the sun drops low near the horizon and the small interior light begins to radiate from within the sphere. If you are in the area or looking for an excuse to explore this beautiful location then please head on down.
As always the Installations are dependent on weather conditions so stay tuned to me via twitter @relics360 or via this sites news incase conditions dictate a postponement.
Hopefully see you there.