commissioner: homerton college
artist: shezad dawood
‘Golden Apples of the Sun’ is artist Shezad Dawood’s response to Homerton College’s unique history and context. Commissioned as part of the new Dining Hall extension it comprises of three works’ that link internal and external elements of the architecture, and celebrates the College’s ongoing development and approach.
A seven-metre artwork has been incorporated into the new reception area. Made from ceramic tiles hand painted by the artist, it connects the famous orchard, the College’s arts and crafts architecture, and ‘A Florentine Procession’ by pre-Raphaelite painter Jane Benham Hay which is in the College collection.
Linked to this central work is a series of hand glazed bricks incorporated into the elevation of the building facing Harrison Drive. These create an ‘extended horizon’, drawing people into the College, revealing the internal garden, and highlighting the site’s architectural and design history.
These two physical elements are reflected in the third part– a short experimental film that documents the making of ‘Golden Apples of the Sun’ linking it to ‘The New School,’ a recently discovered historic film about progressive education that was made in the orchard with the College as a backdrop.
Images: 'Golden Apples of the Sun' by Shezad Dawood.
Photographs: Commission Projects
Film Still: Courtesy of the artist