This architectural glass work was commissioned by The Fed in Manchester for their flagship redevelopment, Heathlands Village. The Fed is the leading social care charity for the Jewish Community of Manchester looking after 1000 people at any one time. The piece is a celebration of the organisation, its people, its process and its success.
The artwork was created, in collaboration with staff and residents, by Lauren Sagar, Sharon Campbell and Proto Studios.
During the consultation Lauren Sagar was struck by the many stories of how people came to be here; the journeys taken from all over the world, and how this community of journeying people has been harnessed over time and applied to the care of one another.
Detail threads through the landscape as simple skylines reflecting the many places that people have come from, and through; Lodz, Wilna, Jerusalem, Belfast, London, Constantinople, Vienna…These places change and shift as do people’s relationship with them; the changing light of the day may reveal and conceal parts of this detail.
Elements of Jewish life, such as the Menorah, the Shofar, the Torah scroll, even the apple that evokes a sweet new year at Rosh Hashanah, create movement in the landscape. These strong recognisable symbols of Jewish life give depth and structure.