Created using three thousand kiln fired recycled glass jars of varying size, arranged as a large-scale installation approx 8m in diameter.

The jars were arranged on the ground, in sets of concentric circles, which were floodlit using ultraviolet projectors.

The jars had been slumped during multiple kiln firings to produce an array of unique and individual shapes, collectively giving them an anthromorphological feel. The illuminated circle was arranged in such a way that the jars appeared to ‘lean’ into a central spot.

As dusk fell, the piece gradually emerges from the mixture of the natural twilight and the projected UV.   

The piece was accompanied by a multichannel sound work featuring rising and falling orchestral chords, samples of radio interference, and snippets of dialogue taken from the early Apollo moon missions.

This work was viewed on two levels, from the ground, where the detail of the individual shaped glass was visible, and from above, using the roof balconies of the Abbots Hospital for an aerial view.

The Smell of the Moon was inspired in part by the story of Apollo 16 astronaut Gene Cernan, who noticed the smell of ‘burned gunpowder’ from the dust on his boots when he removed his helmet inside the capsule after completing his moon walk.

The notion of a space where a sense cannot exist.

To imagine the moon in a multi-sensory way, rather than as light in the sky makes it more real – less distant or scientific, bringing an imaginary environment alive and forming a starting point for this installation.

For this piece I wanted people to view the work from the rooftop of the building – which meant climbing a 14-century spiral staircase in the darkness, to emerge onto a narrow gallery rarely open to the public.


Photo Credit: Emma Brown