Roger Hiorns' "Free Tank" project in Bristol

‘Free Tank: The retrospective view of the pathway’ has been in development since 2012, when Hiorns’ work was commissioned as part of the Bristol Temple Quarter waterfront master plan. Produced by Bristol City Council, curated by Aldo Rinaldi and designed with Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann, the work comprises an architectural space that is the setting for a pair of monolithic granite furnaces.


‘Free Tank’ was an ancient right of way to the water’s edge, permitting the public to draw water from an area that was previously home to Bristol’s glass industry. Hiorns’s work re-establishes this lost route whilst evoking the site’s prior use as a glass works.


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July 26, 2018