May 15 2015
Museums Sheffield’s Exhibitions & Displays Curator, Alison Morton on the latest addition to the Millennium Gallery:
Last week saw the installation of a brand new work to adorn the windows of the Millennium Gallery- Florence Blanchard’s Particles.
Born in Montpellier, Florence began her work as a graffiti artist in on the streets of her native France before moving to New York. She created murals from hip-hop festivals and private commissions, whilst pursuing her passion for science, gaining a PhD in Molecular Biology from New York University in 2008. Florence’s work has been exhibited worldwide, from Japan to Berlin and Miami to Paris.
Florence cites the dramatic Yorkshire weather as the inspiration behind this new work; bold geometric shapes and fluorescent colours swirl and collide to replicate the chaos of nature on a monumental scale. She says of the work:
“The Millennium Gallery piece belongs to my “Particles” series of murals. All the works in this series relate to the motion of particles as seen under a powerful microscopic lense. I didn't want to block the light coming in through the window so I’ve used a mix of transparent and opaque materials. The idea behind this was also to have shapes projected onto the floor of the terrace and gallery in different colours.”
The work, made up of individual vinyl pieces, presented a challenge for signage company, Signs Express, but they were more than up to it. The team recreated individual sections of the design by vectorising the image and using a range of vinyls with different finishes and opacity – I hope you’ll agree that the finished result has come together brilliantly.
We’ve already had a fantastic response to the new addition to the Millennium Gallery- why not check it out next time you are passing and let us know what you think?
Find out more: florenceblanchard.com
Top: Florence Blanchard Particles at the Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield
Bottom: Photographs of Signs Express installing Florence's work. Photos © Andy Brown