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A mesmerising piece of public art located in the Forum. Created by Glaswegian artist Annie Cattrell, Resounding was lifted into its final exhibition space in the Forum of the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus in February 2015.
Resounding is a suspended sculpture made up of over 300 coloured cast resin droplets suspended from the ceiling by 425 cables. It is mounted to the ceiling by a disc, 5.6m in diameter, which was lifted 20 metres to its final position. The overall weight of the piece is around 800kg.
The initial concept for Resounding came from Annie observing fluid dynamics, specifically how still water behaves when interrupted by the impact of a falling drop of water. The multiple ripples produced as a result of this convergence reveal how a small, single dynamic element can have an enormous impact on a large volume of the same substance.
Annie Cattrell’s artistic practice has often been informed by working with specialists in a wide range of other disciplines including neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about and engage with cutting edge research in these fields. She is particularly interested in the parallels that can be drawn and connections that can be made between art and science.
Annie Cattrell studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, the University of Ulster and at the Royal College of Art. She has lectured in many art colleges in the UK, has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and is a Reader in Fine Art at De Montfort University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries such as the Mori Museum in Tokyo, the National Museum in Stockholm and the Kunstverein in Freiburg.
Annie Cattrell invited some students to her studio so that they could witness the creation process and delivered an open lecture on site-specific art installations and the creation of Resounding.