When we see evidence of the hand of another person in an artefact or a place, it allows us to vividly imagine the existence of someone who is perhaps long since gone.
The fundamental need to make one’s mark... to mark an event, or simply ones existence into perpetuity, is in evidenced across Piel Island. The heavily scarred surface of the King’s throne in the Ship Inn bears witness to many. Like wise the red sandstone of Piel Castle (c.1237) is thoroughly inscribed with the initials of our forebears - marked yet strangely anonymous.
These graven lines, were a starting point for the design of the inscribed table tops created by Art Gene for the Ship Inn on Piel Island.
Things which connect us to the past help us to imagine a continuity... to grasp the scale of things, and remind us that we have a time and place in which to make our own contribution.
The Knights’ of Piel
Art Gene have created a series of engraved table tops including the Knights’ of Piel Round Table which explore the history, industrial achievements and natural environment of Barrow and it’s islands.
Referencing the throne of the Kings of Piel, graffiti on Piel Castle and drawings in the 19th c. visitor books from the Ship Inn, the round table and traditional, ‘working men’s club’ - up-cycled pub tables sit within and extend existing vernacular traditions and develop a sense of pride in the outstanding achievements and legacy created for Barrow from across its Islands.
Displayed mounted on a wall in the Ship Inn, the table can be removed for use during special occasions and Knighting ceremonies. The table top is made in four sections which can be used in various configurations . The red rotating centre-piece (above) featuring the names of all of the Kings of Piel since Lambert Simnel landed on Piel Island in 1487 and laid claim to the Throne of England, is placed on the round table for use during banquets and feasts.
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