Front Row

Window installation at Booth Mansion, The Rows, 30 Watergate Street, Chester
Commissioned by Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester for Open Heritage Days
7 – 10th September 2017

Front Row has been developed in response to some of the stories and architectural features of the Chester Rows and has been made for the window space of Booth Mansion.

The Chester Rows date back to medieval times and although their precise origins are unknown the layout follows a similar pattern to that of the Roman legionary fortress. Their significance and archaeological merit lies in the historical overlays and changes of use that followed on through the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods to the present day.

Over the years the Rows have changed or adapted either through accident or by design. Each architectural feature reflects a fashion, function or story of the past resulting in a rich tapestry of building styles. The Rows today are living, working, spaces and continue to evolve and develop in response to their usage and activity.

Front Row is an artistic response to the fragmentary and multi layered nature of the Rows and the potential of these unique spaces to transform. It has been developed from film footage and photographs taken of the Rows, which has been edited and layered to create a constantly changing view of these unique spaces. The video forms the back of a mirrored chamber to create a kaleidoscopic vista of the projections and bring symmetry to the myriad of fragments. Front Row is looped to run continuously throughout the day.