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Launch of ‘Hryre’, a major new public artwork at St John’s ruins, Chester

Date uploaded: March 5, 2012

Launch of ‘Hryre’, a major new public artwork at St John’s ruins, Chester

You are invited to join the launch of ‘Hryre’, a major new public artwork at St John’s ruins, Chester.

‘Hryre’ (the word for ‘ruin’ in Old English) explores the medieval heritage of Chester and its rich multilingual culture. It draws on the research of the recent ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ project, and is part of a new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project, both funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Created by artist Nayan Kulkarni, ‘Hryre’ brings together fragments of medieval text in a dynamic series of light projections which illuminate the ruins at St John’s. As the words are projected across the uneven, fractured stonework, they take on new shapes and abstract visual forms. But some letters and words remain legible, and are designed to open up ideas and themes for reflection. The artwork asks viewers to contemplate subjects such as ruin and memory, decay and survival, the passing of time, and ideas of place and identity.

The artwork is funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Renaissance and the AHRC, and will help to promote St John’s as a key cultural and tourism destination within Chester.

On the evening of Thursday 22nd March, 2012, you are invited to join in the celebrations and the launch of the new, permanent version of the artwork.

Please RSVP by 15th March by emailing Cheshire West and Chester Council's arts team on [email protected] or calling 01244 976734.

Visit cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Photo Credit: Nayan Kulkarni

Photo Credit: Nayan Kulkarni