This piece was commissioned for the 2010 Tatton Park Biennial. I was originally given a box of glass pieces from a dissembled chandelier that used to hang in Manchester airport, with a view to creating an installation In the house.
I started thinking about the connections between the airport, flight and Tatton Park. and discovered that 65,000 parachutists had been trained there during WWII, jumping through holes, making drops… so many of these terms seemed to relate.
When I got the chandelier, many of the pieces were broken as if it had undergone a bit of a crash landing. At Tatton Park I was struck by how objects were taken care of, I thought that, within this context, the piece would have been well looked after and so I wanted to give it a gentle landing. Here the light bulb travels slowly up and down, causing the shadows to land as the light descends. The shadows became like tears, I did think that it was sad that the house stopped being a family home after 400 years in the 50s, so perhaps it also reflected this.