Holland House Hotels wanted to work with a photographer to produce artwork for the windows of their hotel refit in Bristol. The artwork was to promote the presence of the building and had to work from both inside and outside of the foyer area.
Artists Jason Ingram and Philippa Lawrence worked on the glass face, and Claudia Pilsl produced a series of photographs for the interior spaces.
Jason Ingram and Philippa Lawrence brought the outside into the interior space of the hotel, creating a seamless screen between the two. Photographic images were shot of tree canopies to work with the avenue of trees just outside the building. The imagery of trees works with the existing reflections and changes intensity throughout the day.
Claudia Pilsl spent time in the hotel rooms as the refurbishment was taking place. Claudia was also interested in the trees and the ways that they interacted with the building. Claudia saw the manmade structure of the building as a frame to look out of. She ended up on the roof, where she could see that the trees, planted at the same time as the building’s original construction had just outgrown it, and were peeping over the top.