DIDCOT cIVIC HALL
The coal fired Didcot A Power station was closed in 2016 after providing power for over 40 years. The power station, with its six cooling towers and tall chimney stack, could be seen from miles around, and over the years became part of Didcot town, an industrial icon and a guiding landmark.
Suzanne was commissioned by RWE energy to make two memorial wall works, remembering the four men who lost their lives during the demolition of the buildings. A third piece acts as a celebration the history of the site. All three pieces are highly intricate in imagery, and hang at Didcot Civic Hall overlooking the memorial rose garden. The commission also included the design of a metal feature, depicting the outline of the cooling towers, for the new paved area, and a metal sign with engraved text to explain the works.
Commission: Didcot Civic Hall, Didcot
Commissioned by: RWE Generation with Didcot Town Council
Details: Three stainless steel wall artworks.
Fragility and Strength, 1.78 x1.5 m (5.8 x 5 ft)
Resilience and Memory, 1.78 x 1.5 m (5.8 x 5 ft)
Celebration and History, 1.78 x 1.49 m (5.8 x 4.9 ft
Two floor inserts, stainless steel outline with resin infill,
2.24 x 1.29 m ( 7.4 x 4.2 ft)
Sign, stainless steel, with engraved text, 474 x 639 cm ( 1.6 x 2.0 ft)