Artists' statement :
"I saw Bradford, the holy city, coming down from heaven shining like a rare jewel!"
Referencing this version of an ancient vision, where the city stands as a symbol of heavenly order, we set out to interpret the actual urban environment in terms of its mystical counterpoint. Shaeron Caton-Rose & Steve Rayner
“I walked around the area and took photos which I used to recreate the shapes and relationships of the buildings in heavy duty calico. I designed and made it in three weeks, destroying a sewing machine in the process, and then spent another day and a half suspending it from the Gallery ceiling. I wanted to capture the sense of the city arising and shining, returning to the mediaeval notion of the city as a holy and aspirational place. In modern culture the countryside has been idealised and post industrialisation the city has been seen as somewhere to escape from. The pale material lends it an ethereal quality which form the perfect backdrop for Steve’s photographs.” Shaeron
“The images are subtle, almost a mask. Shaeron created this blank replica of this urban area and then my pictures supply elements, textures, feelings and atmospheres that drift across it.” Steve