The nightclub environment presents an opportunity to experiment with bold, geometric forms and imaginative imagery. Working in the Treehaus partnership, Richard collaborated with interior designers on projects including one-off bespoke works, sets of sculptures for themed evenings, and the transformation of an entrance foyer.
Bold, geometric forms and bright colours are used for maximum impact in the dark interiors
TRASH NIGHTCLUB, BATH STREET, GLASGOW
SPUTNIK and SATURN
The 1.8m Sputnik and 2.4m Saturn sculptures were made from papier maché and plaster, in sections assembled on site. They were finished with fire retardant and UV active paint and suspended by wires from the ceiling.
The calculation of the position of points equally distributed of on the surface of a sphere is a problem that has left mathematicians scratching their heads. In this case, there are 8 points, so the underlying geometry can be based on a cube.
BLUE NIGHTCLUB, ROSE STREET, INVERNESS
The brief for this project, a collaboration with QM Design, Glasgow, asked for sets of artworks to enhance the interior for the different themed evenings at the club. The commission led Richard to an ongoing exploration of the imagery of aircraft and undersea forms.
As the name suggests, this 2.1m sculpture combined imagery of sharks and submarines. It was finished in a luminous camouflage.
The lightweight, interchangeable sculptures were fitted with ring brackets and hung from carabiner clips on a rope and pulley system that Richard designed and installed.
OTHER NIGHTCLUB COMMISSIONS:
IKON, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley: Paintings, sculptures and frieze for entrance foyer in rebranding of the old Mannequins club.
THE TEMPLE, Bath Street, Glasgow: Headline Lettering in aluminium mosaic tiles.
The stealth/fish banner design later evolved into a whole range of sculpture concepts...