The inspiration for Flood Flags is the historic depth markings under Ha’penny Bridge in Bath, visually mapping a sense of the volume of water that collected during major Bath flooding events. The Flood Flags installation will be sited in the new flood conveyance park a little further down the river. The artwork will translate the historic flood depth recordings to demonstrate how the body of water would now be dissipated.
Alyson has studied the archived flood mapping and used the topographical shapes to inspire the patterns of water within the flag fabric design, with the different flood depths represented by subtle changes in colour and identification of each year flooding occurred.
Alyson Minkley is a local artist and art teacher who has created public arts commissions for community events in the south and south-west since 1990. She works with ideas; her materials range from those of the more traditional sculptor to fabric, film or even fire.