About this artwork

The photograph is a reworking of the ‘New York Skyline’ photograph from 1931, in which the architects of famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, were photographed dressed up as their own designs. Coley produced a series of hats in the shape of architectural models. The different architectural styles reflect the beliefs of the individual wearers, who are taking part in a fictitious competition to design a building to replace the existing Bournville Rest House. The image was made for an exhibition of site-specific works in Bournville, the village created by Thomas Cadbury, the chocolate factory owner, in 1895. This photograph was shown in an disused underpass.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Manifesto for Bourneville
  • date created:
    1999
  • materials:
    Digital photographic print
  • measurements:
    110.00 x 240.00 cm (framed: 124.00 x 202.00 x 5.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2005, purchased with a grant from The Henry Moore Foundation
  • accession number:
    GMA 4776
  • gallery:
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Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley