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Bubble Dynamics- Cottonopolis

Project Year

2018

Client

Asahi

Commissioned by Japanese craft beer Asahi to create a statement sculptural piece for Northern Quarter bar Cottonopolis the result being ‘Bubble Dynamic’ 

Flying the flag for the Northern design scene we wanted to bring in not just cultural aspects of the region but historical as well. 

Close up of interior bar sculpture that is hung above the bar at Manchester Northern quarter bar and restaurant Cottonopolis. It is made from corten steel and has a rusty effect. The photo focuses on 2 logos of Japanese company Asshani that have been laser engraved into part of the sculpture
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.
Steel sculpture with a rusting effect hung over a bar based in Manchesters Northern Quarter- Cottonopolis. It show around 1/3 of the sculpture from a angle where you are looking at it from standing underneath it. Some of the structure has triangular parts cut out of it where the other parts have a full rusty corten steel piece placed over the triangular shapes. It is a 3D model.
Steel sculpture with a rusting effect hung over a bar based in Manchesters Northern Quarter- Cottonopolis. It show around 1/3 of the sculpture from a angle where you are looking at it from standing underneath it. Some of the structure has triangular parts cut out of it where the other parts have a full rusty corten steel piece placed over the triangular shapes. It is a 3D model.
Steel sculpture with a rusting effect hung over a bar based in Manchesters Northern Quarter- Cottonopolis. It show a close up of the sculpture. The parts have a full rusty corten steel piece placed over the triangular shapes with laser engraved Japanese patterns on them. It is a 3D model.

This architectural statement sculpture was manufactured using corten steel to create a distressed effect and then laser engraved with brand logos.

Corten steel has a unique ‘rust cures rust’ function and is a group of steel . Corten steel is a group of steel alloys that were developed to eliminate the need for painting and form a stable rust like appearance after several years exposure. This was a prominent reason to use this material- the weathered rust like effect is essential to the aesthetics to this sculpture. It brings out the rich colour that is needed for the structure to stand out especially in a busy environment. 

Taking into account the importance of the bar the design had to be sympathetic to the decor. Bubble dynamics is hung from the ceiling and bar complementing the industrial style and engineering inspired interior. The magnificent structure dominates the bar and creates an inviting effect. For the initial development of the design opportunities and constraints were considered. The logistics of the piece was considered and decided to be placed over the bar- not only for maximum impact but also to entice the customers to the heart of the action. 

Steel sculpture with a rusting effect hung over a bar based in Manchesters Northern Quarter- Cottonopolis. It shows the art sculpture from a side view as you enter the building. Some of the structure has triangular parts cut out of it where the other parts have a full rusty corten steel piece placed over the triangular shapes. It is a 3D model.
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 has a scientific background in terms of being inspired by the bubbles in lager. The bubbles start when you open a bottle of beer. When the carbon dioxide at a nucleation site reaches critical volume, a bubble detaches from the glass and launches itself toward the beer’s head. The reason that bubbles expand and accelerate as they rise is that bubbles themselves act as nucleation sites.

 

 

 

As Aashi commissioned the piece, 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. Cottonopolis is located in the heart of the Northern Quarter and with this a certain style is in effect. How to combine the uniqueness of Japanese culture with the individual and unforgettable style of Manchester was difficult but with Bubble Dynamics these elements shine through. 

Art (such as statement sculptures) in public spaces plays a distinguishing role within our society. Brands benefit due to promotions reasons whereas if it is in a public place the community gains cultural, social and economic value. Equal value for all.

Close up of public art sculpture designed by Lazerian. positioned over the bar in Manchester bar and restaurant Corttonopolis
A side view of the metal sculpture from design studio Lazerian located over the bar in Manchester bar Cottonopolis