‘book’, was produced as a commission from the City of Sunderland and Arts Council England as part of Visual Arte Initiatives UK, 1996. The concept for book is a celebration of the many facets of individuality that make up the beauty, wealth, identity and industry of working-class communities everywhere and accounts for the pages in a diary from any one of us who used the Art Studio, and what it meant to us at the time. It was designed by myself and Mark Little and was fabricated in collaboration with Nissan UK and Smith’s Electrical Vehicles UK. ‘book’ is by no means a conventional book, it consists of an aluminium and stainless steel box (2.25m x 1.25m x 0.75m), in which 16 aluminium sheets are fastened to a series of aluminium runners which make up each of the pages. Each page has been transferred to high-resolution colour density, dura-clear film and fastened directly onto the metal. When in the open position book measures 10 metres long.
Commissioned for “Visual Arts UK 1996”