My chosen site to (RE)VIEW is Wainwright bridge.
To me Wainwright bridge is simply a great piece of engineering that answered a recurring problem for the many high sided vehicles travelling through our town of many low bridges. Erected in 2008 and named after Blackburn’s fell walking legend Alfred Wainwright it is a modern and dominant change to the Blackburn sky line.
Plans to re paint Wainwright bridge in Blackburn Rovers F.C. blue and white halves are still in motion. Therefore, I have chosen to photograph and document this moment in time before the re paint takes place.
My aim was to review its present condition and really celebrate the character that has developed in its short life so far. Visually capturing Its state of slight wear and erosion reveals unexpected beauty.
My images depict the evidence of the elements whipping away at the bridge, cutting through the paint and layers of diesel and grime like a hot knife through butter.
For me the images are a reminder that all things are temporary and mother nature is a formidable force.
The bleached-out carvings made by the raw elements, the legacy of wind andrain relentlessly cleansing the accumulated years of pollution. The aesthetic effect I find remarkable. I likened it to peacock feathers splaying out against the turquoise blue.
Soon the paint will be clean, glossy and vibrant and the bridge will look revived and renewed and these interesting marks will go along with it.
Maybe the patterns will appear again over time, maybe they won’t... So now is the time for you to (Re)view.
My work on (Re)view Blackburn 2021 comprises of photographic documentation as a visual time capsule to record the present condition, anda collection of hand built; hand carved coloured stoneware ceramic tiles inspired by aspects of Wainwright bridge. Both art works are celebrating the beauty in the banal.
Kymberly Westall is a multidisciplinary artist working throughout East Lancashire. On graduating in 2001 Kymberly has worked in many areas of art and design from Graphics origination for print to Footwear design for over 15 years before working as a self-employed artist. Kymberly in more recent years has focused her practice on arts facilitation in the LD and mental health services in addition to working on community projects addressing social isolation in the East Lancashire area. Kymberly works in a variety of mediums ranging from ceramics, sculpture and textile art to collage, painting and digital design. Kymberly divides her practice between commissions, Graphic design and art workshops in the community.