EVENT / PUBLIC SPACE INTERVENTION:
Our time is up – nature, time and the public have all taken their toll and intervened with the artwork in Bottle Ally, it’s reached the Point of Decay and the restoration of the walkaway has begun. We went back to document the remains and the pictures will be featured in the second half of the gallery below shortly.
“Bottle Alley, Hastings is one of those unique spaces that has always captured our imaginations. It’s unrelenting 440meters of concrete is hard and linear, framing the sea on one side so the experience of walking/ promenading is elevated out of being a dreary underground passage cut through, to one of a beach side gallery.”
POINT OF DECAY is an outdoor subterranean street art installation showing wheat paste post ups, it was devised and curated by ZEROH, consists of contributed works covering the 112 columns over half a kilometer long installation.
Bottle Alleys decline over the last decade or so has reached the point where something has to be done in order to save this unique feature of Hastings seafront, from being lost forever. Finances are now in place to treat/ repair the very worst of the decay in the new year and this has allowed ZEROH the unique opportunity to present an installation of local artists in the space, a first in Bottle Alley’s 80 year history.
16 local artists have been commissioned along side ZEROH to create original artwork for the columns that line the alleyway, in response to and utilising the crumbling and blown nature of the architecture, creating secondskins for the supports, that embrace the state Bottle Alley finds itself in. The artwork is presented on super thin copy paper and wheat paste and comes from a wide ranging group of artists – printmakers, photographers, sculptors, painters and interventionists – some of whom are presenting their work as print for the very first time. The artworks are wrapped around all four sides of the columns therefore giving 4 view points of all the artwork, including from the beach.
The installation will remain in place for as long as possible allowing environmental factors and the general public to aid its decay.
Featured Artists and Works:
Emily Johns– St.Leonards -Edgelands
Peter Quinnell– Happiness; Health, Beauty, Youth, Teeth; Time
Hermione Allsopp– Untitled
Alan Rankle with Rebecca Youseffi – Alluvione d’Oro
Deborah Bowness– Demolition Wall
Beccy McCray– Hastings and St.Leonards Noticeboard
Leigh Dyer – Fish Bones
Martin O’Neill– Slowly The Options Run Out. Schwarze Serie
ZEROH– The Meeting
Grande Dame– We Came From The Sea
Jo Perfect– He Who Cannot Obey Himself Will Be Commanded
Maslen Mehra– Macrocosm/ Microcosm
Danny Pockets – The Life and Times of Lego Faced Johnson
Alex Brattell – Oblate Telly
Robert Sample– Sea Battles from 1914 -1918
Haxan– The 7 Stones of Haxan
POINT OF DECAY, The Launch Event:
For the launch event, August 28th 2015, the forgotten alley was transformed further with the addition of blue hue lighting and an audio element was added by way of a performance by the classically trained Rayner Hess Trio who performed movements by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert to soundtrack the twilight promenading crowd of 2000 people. This was the first time live music had been performed in the space in almost 50 years. In its earlier days, the Alley had screens that ran along the outside of the sea facing wall protecting its patrons from the elements and providing a contained space for performances to take place. The trio of classical musicians performed at one end of the alley allowing the sound to drift, distort and decay as it made it’s way down the walkway and filtered out to sea, creating a salubrious atmosphere in a decrepit environment.