Conceived circa 1968
This work was one of three maquettes commissioned by Fergus Gleave when he was Managing Director of Copthall Holdings, the developers of the Sun Life building which is situated at the top of Colston Avenue, Bristol. A different design was chosen for the final six metre high sculpture which stands at Stokes Croft in Bristol today.
Paul Mount trained first in his native Devon then at the Royal College of Art. An interest in architecture and a childhood passion for Windjammer ships informed the enclosed planes, loosely based on boat and sail shapes, that create the multi-directional curved elements revolving around an open centre, in this maquette of Spirit of Bristol.
The active use of space and reflected light on his polished stainless steel surfaces, instill an air of dynamic energy, the romantic overtones of which temper the impact of hard industrial materials and a language of abstract, geometric forms.
His love of music alongside that of architecture contributes to the inherent dynamism of Mount’s work.