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Corona Paintborne series

Project Year

2020

Client

Lazerian

Corona, lockdown and the experiences that go hand in hand with it are something that will have historical value in the future and therefore had to be documented in some way. 

The Corona Paint discharger was evolved to try and mark the significance of this period of time and the enormous and variations of experiences that the whole world went through. 

A ‘Corona Ball’ was the first stage of the project. The purpose and influence of the ‘Corona Ball’ was Liam Hopkins (head of Lazerian) interpretation of the visual concept of the Corona virus particle. The ball was designed and created in the Lazerian workshop in a time when quarantine was at it most secure.

The creation of the ‘Corona Ball’ was only the beginning. It was important to be able to produce something that people can take away and use to remind them of their experiences of Corona and lockdown in an artistic and creative way. Therefore several artworks on canvas and paper were produced using the 3D sculpture.

Inserted into the nodules of the large sculptural Corona inspired structure are several different coloured spray paints which when the ball is moved spray out paint to create the art paintings. 

The use of spray paints was significant to represent the aerosols in the air that are caused by pollution and now carry pieces of the coronavirus and can be a major contribution to the spread of the virus. Coronavirus drifts through the air in microscopic droplets which is evident in the creation of the artworks

A art project inspired by the corona virus. A large black ball with stick out arms all over the ball. It is the artists interpretation of the visual aspect ofthe corona virus itself. The designer is Liam Hopkins of design studio Lazerian.

own individual experiences

The use of spray paints was significant to represent the aerosols in the air that are caused by pollution and now carry pieces of the coronavirus and can be a major contribution to the spread of the virus. Coronavirus drifts through the air in microscopic droplets which is evident in the creation of the artworks

Each painting for sale is completely unique to epitomise the contracting and distinctive journey that people have overcome during lockdown. Each and every person has experienced their own particular individual experience and this is represented in the artistry and placement of colour in the painting.

The colours chosen also have a significance to the original purpose of documenting the pandemic. Many households united in displaying rainbows in there windows as a gesture to convey a message of solidarity. Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they often appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall. They serve to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times. The artwork has many colours like a rainbow and the smaller versions even have a half circular shape, like the crescent of a rainbow.

 

 

 

Artwork on white paper with a black crescent shape covered in colourful spray paint

In addition the sizes of the painted artworks are 2m by 2m to represent the distance we have all become familiar with during the lockdown and quarantine period! As this is a unique and unprecedented time in our lives the size and distance of 2m felt important to be defined. 

For more practical reasons more than anything an edition is available where the 2m squared art piece has been cut into 6 segments and will be sold separately-it felt imperative that the creative representation of this artistic design project be available for as many households as possible as the whole population has had some sort of experience (whether that be positive or negative) of the motivation of this project.

Hopkins of Lazerian quotes:

“I wanted to be able to represent the majority of lockdown experiences including my own. I know through my own experience plus family and friends that everyone has been through a multiple of emotions and insecurities. It felt like the right moment to be able to capture that and turn the negativity of the virus into a more positive and memorable occasion. To create a structure that made the artworks was also important as I wanted to give as much to people as possible in a creative and design led way”