Devonshire Square B9 was once home to a vast collection of many treasures once held by the East India Trading Company and the Port of London Authority. Presented as an emblem of the craftsmanship that was once traded here, the site now hosts this vast glass installation. The repurposed series of vintage amber glassware hangs suspended in Flame (2021), elevating the commonplace. In its luminosity, the chandelier reflects the warmth of the Mediterranean and Moorish aesthetics.
This collection of domed bowls, frosted glasses, and ridged jugs, dating from the 1900s to 1970s, were selected for their shape, function, and quality. Looking upwards at the installation, the inverted patterns of craftsmanship become apparent and serve as a fascinating archive of the human endeavour, to produce objects representative of who we are.
In this interview, we discuss Haygarth's fastidious practice, including the sustainability of his collection process, and the delicate negotiation between the meanings held by objects and their complex material arrangements.
In the making
Maintaining a balance between aesthetic and function, the piece successfully functions not only as a site-specific sculpture but also as a practical lighting fixture