Site-Specific Pipes Project

by Chantal

One of the projects I am soon to be working on is a site specific installation in a grade II listed church building in Swaythling, Southampton. The piece I’m working on will be on behalf of City Life Church who have recently formed a  new partnership around Swaythling Methodist Church incorporating the group of Methodists that meet there, Flower of Justice, and City Life themselves.

Its a huge space built in Central Hall style in 1932. It comprises the main Church complete with a gallery, 5 other halls, and numerous ancillary rooms. The building retains beautiful original features such as the stained glass throughout, and two sets of beautiful organ pipes that are mounted high on the walls towards the front of the main Church.  The work I have proposed incorporates the pipes and uses them as the inspiration for the resulting structure. I want to create something that draws attention back to these pipes and what they represent – the past generations who worshipped together in that place. I hope to create something that reflects a harmony between the Then and the Now, the old and the new, and reminds the new visitors to this building of the common hopes and faith they shared with its previous residents.

I will share more about the actual piece as the process gets underway but for now here are a couple of images of the pipes themselves (with one for a sense of scale).

1 set of the pipes. The other set is on the opposing wall. Plan is to use both.