|2017 Kate Ogley and Timothy Crowley, BioBlitz, Falmouth University.||_||Installation site, a willow tree at Falmouth University Penryn Campus. _|
Swarm is inspired by a dream. In 1265 the Bishop of Exeter, Walter Bronescombe, was told in a dream by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, to found a college in Penryn on the site of a large willow tree that contained a swarm of bees. Glasney College was built very close to what is today Falmouth University and stood for 300 years. The College was a highly regarded place of study and creativity.
In commemoration of Penryns extraordinary history Swarm was created with the help of local people, staff and students from Falmouth University. All took part in a series of bee making workshops where they made press-molded clay bees.
These bees have been incorporated into a ceramic swarm and the final sculpture will be sited in a designated willow tree on the university campus. The ceramic sculpture will celebrate the towns notable and longstanding connection with educational institutions both in Penryn and Exeter. Swarm will be installed and presented on campus In October 2018.
|2017 Two part plaster press mould with pressed clay bee.||_||2017 Bee pressing, Tipping points and Chaos, Falmouth University. _|
|2017 Clay bee pressing workshop, BioBlitz, Falmouth University.||_||2017 Clay bee pressing workshop, BioBlitz, Falmouth University. _|
|2017 Clay bees pressed by participants.||_||2017 Close up of a test piece for the swarm ceramic sculpture. _|