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Author Topic: 'New Dawn' for Parliament: light sculpture celebrating women’s votes revealed  (Read 678 times)

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One hundred and fifty years to the day since the campaign for women’s votes began, 'New Dawn', an artwork celebrating all the individuals involved, will be revealed this evening (07 June) in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament.

'New Dawn' is located above the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, the site of numerous demonstrations, so that viewers of the artwork will literally stand in the footsteps of the hundreds of thousands of women and men who came to Parliament to fight for women’s right to the vote.

A contemporary light sculpture by artist Mary Branson, 'New Dawn' is a permanent addition to the Parliamentary Art Collection, as well as the first piece of abstract art commissioned for permanent display in the historic palace. Measuring over six metres high, the massive scale of 'New Dawn' is intended to reflect the size of the campaign, and the unique hand-blown glass scrolls that make up its dawning sun reflect the many individuals who were involved in the movement and the special contribution they made to modern democracy.

I've just watched the three videos about the making of this piece and I'm blown away! What a fab piece, great concept, wonderful design, and beautiful glass (by our very own Adam Aaronson - congratulations, Adam it looks fab!) with the lighting behind it makes it look like a stained glass window. I love the idea of the light intensity changing with the tides and that it commemorates women's suffrage and the fight for the vote.

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/art-watch-and-listen/short-films/new-dawn/

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I feel this is a 'must see' for those who can get there,  so despite the fact I don't 'do' London,  John and I will go up there in the next couple of weeks and stay long enough to see the light change feature, and to see what truly is an impressive collaboration of several differnt skills to portray an historic event.
If we are allowed to, I will take photos of the scuplture.  I am so proud of Adam's involvement and can't wait to see his beautiful Glass 'scrolls'.
Rosie.

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Thanks Anne and Rosie for your kind words. Here is a link to the booklet that you can download https://www.parliament.uk/documents/works-of-art/New-Dawn-Booklet_2016.pdf
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