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Strata project lights up Barnsley office block

Artist Patrick Murphy has used an empty office building in Barnsley as a canvas for a large-scale public artwork

The Strata project at Central Offices in Barnsley town centre ‘explores the formal progressions of Chromatic colours and repetitive structures… Strata provides an exploration and celebration of a fundamental human experience of colour.’ The building is lit from within at night to create a subtle lighting effect, assuming the appearance of a huge stained glass window.

Patrick Murphy said: ‘The support of other artists and volunteers was vital to the success of this artwork and it is a testament to the passion of local creatives that they were so keen to support this project.’

The building’s windows were painted by a team of volunteer artists and are back-lit. Strata was used as a backdrop to the launch of Barnsley’s UK City of Culture 2013 Bid – Barnsley Main ‘Coal to Culture’.

Readers' comments (4)

  • i'm afraid its a no from me...

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  • and it's good night from him

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  • This is a superb example of contemporary art directly effecting our environment for the better. Well done to the artist for creating a piece of work that challenges everyone who sees it! Its a breath of fresh air to see a project that is free from the heavy hand of a developer and commercial excesses when it comes to art in architecture, this is truly great.

    And unless the 'artwork' and building are for sale, it answers the age old question about contemporary art being only available to the rich, this expressive artwork seems to have been given to the town and its people.


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  • Great use of existing structures.

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