The Light of Day, 2011
Digital prints antiqued mirror and nails
Richard Wentworth was given access to the museum collection held by Barts to create an installation depicting archival images of the old Pathology Museum, instruments for measuring radium, the manufacturing of ointment, and machines to extract radioactive gas. Even the image of filing cabinets, once intended to convey state-of-the-art information management, takes on an air of nostalgia today in our paperless electronic age. Similarly, Wentworth makes a feature of large metal nails which also signal a technology of a previous era.
These atmospheric images, with glimpses of parquet floors, glazed tiled walls, wooden balustrades, (echoed in the heavy wooden frames surrounding each piece), impart a strong flavour of the history of Barts within the new building, while the inclusion of angled mirror suggests the idea of reflection back in time and into the future.
This commission has been supported by Rahere Association