TWO BRISTOL ARTISTS
EMILY JOY RICHARDS
ONE BRISTOL ICON
INVENTOR - ENGINEER
Sarah Guppy - 1770 - 1852.
Overlooked heroine of Bristol's past.
Teacher of Brunel Jnr.
Suspension bridge patent holder.
Sarah Guppy's contribution to Bristol's heritage is largely overlooked.
A female engineer in Victorian Britain, her influence may be greater than you think.
She held a patents on a chain suspension bridge, barnacle resistant copper nails and a home gym which also boiled your eggs!
Intriguingly, she was friends with Brunel senior and taught young Isambard.
Her son worked with Brunel on the SS Great Britain, the Great Western Railway and the Clifton Suspension bridge.
(Although impossible to verify, it seems likely that she influenced the final design.)
Bristol based sculptor Duncan Mckellar is internationally known for his large scale installaltions involving mirrors and sunlight.
Monumental pieces include a kilometer long line of people with mirrors spanning the U.S/Mexico border.
Each participant wore a mirrored mask which reflected the sun to create a 1000m line of light symbolising unity and togetheress.
Ray of Hope - 1000m line of people with mirrors
U.S/Mexico border. 2018.
Esperansa - Circular mirror installation
U.S/Mexico border. 2019.
Legendary Street Artist Stewy is internationally known for his stencil work in Bristol and around the globe.
His iconic artworks often reference historic figures who have been overlooked whilst simultaniously bringing them back into prominence.
His famous image of Sarah Guppy is based on a pencil drawing by Isambard Kingdon Brunel.
STEWY mural - UpFest, Bristol
STEWY mural - Emirates Statium, London
STEWY mural - The Oval, London
The two Bristol Artists are proposing a collaboration which will commemorate
Sarah Guppy in a permanent Artwork.
Stewy will paint a 15m portrait of Sarah on the East facing wall of Everad Square. Mckellar will install 15 stainless steel mirrors on the South facing wall.
Each mirror will have a section of Guppy's portrait painted on it's surface. They will be ingeniously arranged and angled to reflect sunlight and create a projection of her full portrait onto the street below.
This triple portrait in paint and light will illuminate a true Bristolian heroine, promote renewable energy and create a legacy which will inspire women to study STEM subjects for years to come.
The Artwork will become a feature on Bristol's Street Art landscape and attract footfall to John Street whilst providing a regular stream of social media publicity via Instagram and other channels.
Donations of any level are most welcome. For contributions of £3000 or over we will include sponsors names on a permanent plaque next to the Artwork.
Sponsors names will be displayed in all press publications and publications displaying the Artwork produced by Bristol University.
Image of proposed John. st. installation.
Paint - £240
Mountings + plates/bonding - £2400
Labour - £1400 (5 days @ £350 p/d.)
Machine hire - £600 (3 days.)
Artists fees - £3000. (Production/installation/transportation of Artwork.)
Paint - £200
Machine hire - £400 (2 days.)
Labour - £700 (2 days @£350 p/d.)
Artist fees - £3000 (Painting of mural/production of stencil.)
Descriptoin of Guppy:
Materials/production/installation - £1500.