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Our Common Humanity by Juli Bolaños-Durman
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A collaboration with artist Juli Bolaños-Durman on a commission for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital on temporary loan to the Scottish Parliament. The light boxes were designed to invite all audiences to come up close and indulge in the details of the glass sculptures and its shadows.

The material palette for the cabinets is simple – whitewashed oak veneered timber with brass detailing. The objective was to frame the glass installation and provide protected environment for the fragile pieces that could be observed from different angles, even with wheelchair accessibility in mind.

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

Completed

2022

Type

Cultural

Glass Installation

Juli Bolaños-Durman

Project Lead

Jan Hájek

Photography

Laura Meek
Shannon Tofts

Our Common Humanity by Juli Bolaños-Durman

Our Common Humanity by Juli Bolaños-Durman Details

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Installation process / The Scottish Parliament

Our Common Humanity is a play of glass and light. It is shaped by community engagement with art and highlights the very basic human need of connection.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Artist

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Installation process / The Scottish Parliament

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Installation process / The Scottish Parliament

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Installation process / The Scottish Parliament

The light-boxes were designed to invite all audiences to come up close and indulge in the details of the glass sculptures and its shadows.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Artist

Every glass piece is brought to life by deconstructing discarded glass, which has been collected and donated by the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Community. I have reconfigured the elements through play and embellished the decadent layers using local heritage hand-cutting techniques. Playing with light brings the beautiful shadows to life whilst manifesting the magic of a second chance. In the end, each piece is a poetic act of rebellion; a resilient rebel that embodies a symbol of hope.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Artist

Material Focus

  1. Whitewashed Oak Veneer
  2. Brass