Arcadia - Manchester International Festival 2021
Hosted in a semi-built space within The Factory, a new cultural venue in Manchester, we were part of the building team who brought Arcadia from paper to life. Arcadia was a great sound and light art installation that was designed to bring a focus upon the relationship between the urban and the rural.
We were commissioned by Manchester International Festival to create some of the structural staging elements for Deborah Warner’s Arcadia. As most of the staging consisted of real plants, we were contracted to create the structure of the stage, a plinth for the tree, the exposed earth edge surrounding the bottom part of the stage as well as some scenic rock-work. It was incredibly important that the work we created appeared to be as realistic as possible as the aim of the piece was to highlight the contrast between nature and the industrial. In order to do this, our scenic team created the sculpted boulder and the edge of soil that surrounded the side of the stage. Constructed out of blocks of polystyrene using a hot wire, the scenic team then finished the exposed earth edge and boulders by painting the sculpted polystyrene blocks.
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