'Ladders of Light' by Mary Branson
A unique collaboration between the award-winning poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay and fine artist Mary Branson, the Ladders of Light installation in Salisbury Cathedral explores the possibility of a ‘new charter' for the UK when we leave Europe. Branson’s ethereal, illuminated ladders are a metaphor for his words. A snakes-and-ladders pathway to a more just and equal society, the Ladders of Light installation carries the observer both up and down, crossing divides and overcoming barriers, reacting to movement and temperature by changing slowly in colour and intensity. A powerful blend of poetry and visual art, the work both mirrors the grandeur and aspiration inherent in the Cathedral's Gothic architecture and conveys the fragility of our community. Ladders of Light is a Sky Arts Art 50 commission and is curated by Jacquiline Creswell, Salisbury Cathedral’s Visual Arts adviser.
MARY BRANSON specialises in creating conceptual large scale installations, using sculpture, light and sound. Following a first class honours degree in Fine Art and an MA, she became Artist in Residence at the Houses of Parliament, researching the archives of the Suffrage movement, with a brief to produce a proposal for a new permanent artwork for the Palace of Westminster ‘New Dawn’ revealed on June 7th 2016.