Holburne takes flight!

Artist Laura Ellen Bacon - pictured at the Holburne.

Artist Laura Ellen Bacon – pictured at the Holburne.

Starting this week – artist Laura Ellen Bacon will transform the facade of the Holburne Museum with an intricate yet imposing sculpture.

Visible from inside and outside the building, its surging presence will evoke the murmuration patterns of swallows and starlings.

The artwork will gradually grow across the front of the building and up to the pediment.

The artwork will gradually grow across the front of the building and up to the pediment.

Murmuration is made entirely from Flanders Red willow, a variety grown and harvested locally.

It is soaked to retain the material’s pliability, before being curved and knotted into panels by the artist and a team of Holburne volunteers. Laura herself then weaves the panels into the final structure.

A group of volunteers getting down to making sections of the installation.

A group of volunteers getting down to making sections of the installation. Click on images to enlarge.

Laura’s work brings a sense of scale and ambition to the traditional methods and materials of basket-weaving.

In her hands the willow is organic and natural, but also part of a highly complex and considered structure.

Murmuration has a sense of permanence, yet captures a fleeting/ephemeral/transitory moment.

Laura Ellen Bacon (r) showing volunteers how to weave the sections of willow.

Laura Ellen Bacon (r) showing volunteers how to weave the sections of willow.

The sculpture will relocate to a permanent home in the Holburne’s grounds in the autumn.

This commission has been made possible with the support of Arts Council England, and with the enthusiasm and commitment of our team of volunteers.

A spokesperson for the Holburne told the VMB : ‘Laura’s project is really exciting – not least because she is working with a committed team of volunteers, but for the potential to involve everyone!

We would love people to share pictures etc through social media and we will be using #murmur.’