pervigilium (latin – vigil, nightwatch, wakefulness, sleeplessness)
A brand new public artwork for central Oxford currently in production, to be launched by the end of the year. The work consists of six small sculptures of cherubic angel-like figures positioned high up on city centre buildings in places of dark shadow. The sculptures are cast from a unique new photo-luminescent material which will store energy taken from daylight and emit this as a cool green glow during the hours of darkness. The sculptures will slowly begin to fade over the course of the night before melting back into the dawn light.
Guardian angels or malevolent demons? Keeping watch or covert surveillance?
This work is fully supported by the Oxford City Council arts and culture team and is my first major piece of public art since returning to Oxford last year after spending the past six years in France.
Below is a working sketch design for the sculptures.