The glass specialist, Andrew Moor, coordinated the eight external glass screens. The images for the screens were created by the artist Kirsty Brooks. Kirsty is a public artist, working in hospitals, schools and commercial sites to creating site specific and subtle images that reflect the history, culture and flavour of each environment. Each of the eight Bridlington screens shows a detail from the local environment, including the topography, the local industry and local landmarks.
Central and local government sponsored the development of the ‘Spa Gardens’ project. It is part of a ‘culture-led’ approach to the regeneration of seaside places.The overall scheme is designed by the Leeds-based practice, Bauman Lyons Architects, under the leadership of Irena Bauman with Estelle Warren as the landscape architects. The goal was to convert a small triangular area adjacent to the sea front into a venue for a range of events and performances in an outdoor setting.
The panels are made up of two layers of glass laminated together with an image both inside and outside the laminate, creating an interesting kinetic experience for the viewer. The panels sometimes seem semi-transparent and sometimes are not. One side is shiny and reflective, as one would expect of glass, the other is a matt etched surface.The panels have had a great response from local citizens and tourists, particularly the way they are designed them to light up at night.