Conceptual art installation outside of St Paul’s cathedral in memory of the Blitz bombing, for Remembrance Day 2013.
Natasha Reid was invited to create an artwork as part of a London-wide event “Silent Cacophony” which saw over 30 artists create thoughtful interventions across the city and internationally for Remembrance Day. The event was partnered by several London universities as a live research project.
St Paul’s cathedral gardens
The installation, “Echo”, created from fragments of shattered plaster, aimed to momentarily make legible the memory of the devastation which happened all around St Paul’s Cathedral during WWII.
The fragmented forms suspended from a tree evoked debris and destruction, the dark subject matter juxtaposed unexpectedly with the ethereal whiteness of the plaster. The intervention was purposefully subtle to provoke intrigue. Its symbolism revealed only upon closer inspection to form a quiet reminder of a hugely violent event in London’s history.
The process of developing the installation was been a method of understanding and engaging with a piece of city, uncovering and revealing the layers of history and meaning which shape the experience of a particular place