Bubble Dynamics- Cottonopolis
Asahi, the renowned Japanese craft beer brand, commissioned us to craft a captivating sculptural masterpiece for Cottonopolis, the Northern Quarter bar. The culmination of our efforts is aptly named ‘Bubble Dynamic.’
In our pursuit to showcase and celebrate Northern design, our aim extended beyond just cultural elements; we delved into the rich historical tapestry of the region as well.
Japanese culture was obviously a huge part of the influence of the design. Incorporating the uniqueness Manchester has to offer was also of vital importance.
Crafted as an architectural statement, this sculpture was meticulously fashioned from corten steel, deliberately distressed to achieve a weathered appearance and embellished with laser-engraved brand logos.
Corten steel, known for its intriguing ‘rust cures rust’ characteristic, comprises a group of steel alloys designed to eliminate the need for paint, evolving into a stable rust-like patina over time. The choice of this material was driven by its ability to create the essential weathered, rust-like effect, accentuating the sculpture’s rich colors, allowing it to stand out, especially within a bustling environment.
Considering the bar’s significance, the design needed to harmonize with the decor seamlessly. “Bubble Dynamic” hangs from the ceiling and the bar itself, complementing the industrial and engineering-inspired interior aesthetic. This magnificent structure not only commands attention but also fosters an inviting ambiance. During the initial design phase, we meticulously weighed opportunities and constraints, taking logistics into account, leading to the decision to position the sculpture above the bar. This placement not only maximizes its impact but also beckons customers to the heart of the action.
Brands benefit due to promotional reasons whereas if its in a public place the community gains cultural, social and economic value. Equal value for all.
The name “Bubble Dynamics” draws its inspiration from the scientific phenomenon observed in lagers, particularly in the formation of bubbles. The process initiates when a bottle of beer is opened. At a specific nucleation site, carbon dioxide accumulates until it reaches a critical volume, causing a bubble to detach from the glass and ascend towards the beer’s frothy head. It’s fascinating to note that the reason these bubbles grow in size and accelerate while rising is due to the fact that the bubbles themselves serve as additional nucleation sites in this captivating process.
With Asahi as the commissioning party, Japanese culture naturally played a significant role in influencing the design. Equally vital was the incorporation of Manchester’s distinct character and offerings. Situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis exudes a particular style, and harmonizing the uniqueness of Japanese culture with Manchester’s individual and unforgettable essence posed a challenging task. However, with Bubble Dynamics, these elements seamlessly shine through.
Art, especially statement sculptures, in public spaces holds a distinctive role within our society. It not only serves as a promotional tool for brands but also enriches the community by contributing cultural, social, and economic value. It’s a means of providing equal value to all members of the community