“Slate and Fibre-Optic Tondo”

Commissioned by Mrs. Nima Reid for Glyndebourne Opera House.

Due to the semi outside location for the sculpture, it was necessary to change the original idea of using textiles. Lucy decided to open out the commission at this point to include lighting designer Paul Hastie and stone carver Chris Elsey.

The words on the slate disc are those above the three temple doors in “The Magic Flute” by Mozart - WISDOM, REASON, NATURE - representing gravitas, solidity and order. Woven in and around this is the mercurial and aerial lightness of fibre optics, echoing something of the rhythm of music, and a sense of the fleeting spirit.