A 3d render of Yamada's sculpture commission
Yamada's sculpture base being constructed
A selection of Yamada's ceramic leaves, recently fired in the kiln in his studio
Detailed shots of Samanidou’s textile panels being woven on the jacquard loom
Dais Contemporary started working on the Fulham Riverside development in December 2014. Located by Fulham Wharf the development is turning an area of derelict warehouses by the Thames into a thriving new community with active public spaces and river frontage. The complex will include a group of apartment buildings designed by renowned architecture firm Broadway Maylan, as well as a concierge service, fitness centre, public gardens and waterfront café.
Dais is providing a collection of commissioned artworks for the double height concierge area of the site. This will include a large scale hanging sculptural work by Goldsmiths graduate Kentaro Yamada and five textile wall hangings by Royal College of Art graduate Ismini Samanidou.
Yamada's sculpture commission is inspired by the history of the site; originally inhabited by market gardens and town meadows that rapidly turned into a region of industrial activity in the late Victorian period. The sculpture is being made of an industrial scale base, constructed from aluminium, with a series of handmade ceramic leaves that will hang vertically from it and into the atrium. Each of the leaves will be lit by a specialised fibre optic lighting.
Samanidou's textile commissions are also inspired by the history of the location with each panel reflecting a different era from the sites lifetime. Samanidou utilises a range of imagery in her textile artworks including vintage photography, maps, drawings and her own photography. The panels for Fulham Wharf will include imagery as diverse as modern day photographs of flight paths over the region to vintage maps of the site and illustrations of botanical specimens found in the area. The artworks are being made using a combination of linen and metallic yarns and are being woven on a traditional jacquard loom.
The project is due to be completed in 2015. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.