The artwork “The Tower” represents:
22 residential storeys of the 24 storey tower block, 129 flats and 600 individual keys representing the Tower’s estimated number of residents.
I’ve made the moulds using liquid latex rubber and cast the keys out of jesmonite. The original idea of casting in porcelain didn’t work – but will experiment more in these new moulds. I love the way the metal keys have reacted with the latex – hence the different colours. This may alter on subsequent castings.
I decided to cast keys in a fragile material to depict the fragility of life. Each set of keys will represent a flat in the Grenfell Tower. 129 household flats. Each key represents a resident of Grenfell Tower – 600 is the estimated number.