Mill Yard Reflections comprise of a series of panels on the south and east elevations of the multi-storey car park. Large and in two parts – the two “paintings” are “shredded” into 4 metres tall lines, each one comprising of three or four panels. Although different in length they are all 14cm wide – echoing the wooden slats that form part of the car park’s elevations.
Meticulously painted with combinations of differently pigmented paints, the south facing side painted red, and the east facing side yellow. The pigments used are light reflective and opalescent creating an unusual effect of light sensitive, constantly changing colours. These are nano-technology interference pigments that, although as paint appear colourless, bend wavelengths and scatter them.
The brush strokes form diagonal bands of colours and reflecting or shadowy ovals that appear on each of the sides. These reflect the Sun’s daily journey as if recorded on light sensitive surfaces.
The panels, although painted using bright colours may at times appear subtle against the busy and colourful centre of Chelmsford. However, because of their light reflecting and refracting qualities, they dematerialise the brick elevations of the car park animating them with light and constantly changing colours. The project was commissioned by Chelmsford City Council.