We always knew our beautiful flowing staircase would be complemented by some artwork, but never found anything to fit the space and arts strategy until we visiting the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead in June.
Whilst there some beautiful photographs by Glasgow-based artist Armando Ferrari caught our eye at the Artful stand. The central feature of our staircase is our commissioned blown-glass and tassel lampshade by Derbyshire craftsworkers Curiousa & Curiousa, representing the smoke coming out of the world's first steam powered passenger train which ran from Darlington to Stockton back in 1825, "Locomotion No. 1", which features on one of Darlington's Coat's of Arms. We thought these beautiful images of smoke would therefore tie in very well with this concept, as well as looking stunning in the own right as works of art. We loved the way that something that is known for being a dirty thing has been transformed into a stunning, graceful way against the monochrome background colour.
L-R: Darlington Coat of Arms featuring Locomotion No. 1, Sketch of the Curiousa Commission, The Final Product
Here is a video of Curiousa & Curiousa's working process:
We decided on four of the six prints in Ferrari's ManMade collection numbers #02, #03, #04 and #06 due to their likeness smoke moving from a train chimney.
We are delighted with the pieces of art in place - take a look:
L-R: #04 is on display between our first and second floors, #03 is on our second floor, #06 is between our second and top floors and #02 is on our top floor
Do come in and take a closer look...