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Forrest, Marianne

Artist's Statement – relating to Portishead Quays artwork: Marianne Forrest

'The Mariner' and 'The Wedding Guest' are sculptures designed for the new development in Portishead. They link the high street to the quay side with light lines and spheres marking the path between the four metre high sails. 'The Mariner' displays huge silhouettes backed by illuminated glass sails like the giant wings of an Albatross stretching to the sky. 'The Wedding Guest' is a solitary sail with a moon like orb at its base. The inscription on both sculptures is from the 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

A key feature of Portishead is its expansive sky. To highlight this there are several huge polished spheres placed along the lit timeline running through Portishead’s new development. These spheres reflect the sky bringing it down to earth.

Essentially a piece about regeneration and hope, the sculptures both celebrate and link the town with the sea.

Contact Email [email protected]


Career Highlights:

Awards Installing Timelines

Freedom of the City of London

Topham Trophy Design Competition Award


Royal Museum of Scotland

Goldsmiths Collection

Hampshire Museum

Priors Court Collection

Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers

Cleveland Craft Centre collection

Victoria & Albert Museum


1999 'Scale', Contemporary Applied Arts

1996 Metalanguage, Barbican Centre

1999 Roger Billcliffe, Fine Art

2003 Harley Gallery, Fine metalwork

2004 Harley Gallery, Goldsmiths Collection


Building Timelines 2004 Sculptures and kinetic timepiece. London Business School

2004 Clock, Barometer, Thermometer/ sculpture. Queen Mary 2

1999 Foyer Clock, British Land Co. Regents Park, London

1998 External Clock for 7 Dials, Covent Garden

1997 External Wall Frieze for General Accident (Architect Hawk PLC), Cork St

1996/7 Tower Clock, Market Square Spalding

Current projects include;

Sculpture for the London Business School

Public Art work for the Railway Station at Holyhead