Clifford’s Tower’s lack of roof has been put to good use with an art installation that utilises the open topped element of the castle. The eye-catching installation comprises 45 brightly coloured umbrellas suspended within the walls of the tower.
Said to have been inspired by the damp summer that we have had and the more recent floods, the staff in the tower started thinking about their need for an umbrella and the idea developed from there.
Site manager Louise Wyatt stated that ”We found some pictures online of streets in Europe that had been covered with suspended umbrellas and realised that the quatrefoil shape of Clifford’s Tower would lend itself to such a display fantastically.”
In the 17th Century Clifford’s Tower was used as a store for gunpowder and munitions, then in 1684 the roof was blown off after an explosion, since then the roof has never been covered, so the historical impact of this artistic installation is huge.
The Umbrella Sky art installation will remain in place until 21 October, weather permitting.