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This collection of glass wall sculptures were designed and made during an artist residency at The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, London, in 2008.
During the residency Kate discovered the J M Richards Library which contained original drawings of architectural details from the Barbican. Working from these plans and elevations she used collage to create shapes and patterns that were developed into three-dimensional wall sculptures.
These artworks have been directly inspired by the architecture of the Barbican and estates architectural interior details.
“This new collection of pieces demonstrates Maestri’s technical skill and meditative use of glowing colour. Better known for her large-scale architectural glass works such as the balustrade for the Sage in Gateshead,these one-off and limited-edition pieces incorporate the key elements of her work-colour, light and form. Maestri’s three-dimensional art works interpret and abstract the architects’ sectional elevations and detailed drawings. She draws inspiration from the buildings themselves, the apartments designed for modern living and the attention given to the smallest detail.
Maestri uses traditionally produced stained glass in a strikingly contemporary manner adding her own slant to the 25th anniversary celebrations of this landmark development conceived with the optimism and excitement of the 1960s. ”Inspired by the overall clarity of the Barbican’s design, Maestri has rendered its elevations and sections in warm, human hues, creating a new expression of the building’s geometric language. Her minimal, stained-glass panels are mounted upon structural Perspex holders, so each three-dimensional piece hovers above the wall. The result is an abstract, meditative homage to a landmark building.” Fiona Sibley, Design Week 2008