Metal Botech Compositions - New work by Macoto Murayama

The story:
Metal was created as an artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the development of innovative ideas that could shift the thinking in the UK cultural sector. They provide innovative, multi-disciplinary residency space for artists from the UK and overseas and are based in Liverpool and Southend-on-Sea.

The brief:
Botech Compositions - New work by Macoto Murayama, an exhibition at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool, is Metal’s contribution to the Liverpool Biennial 2014. The walk-in installation, housed within a temporary exhibition space, presents painstakingly produced imagery of indigenous UK flora and fauna in a digital environment. Our task was to create a visual language for the exhibition and to apply that to the catalogue, invitation and signage.

Our solution:
Our design rationale was to present Macoto’s work unadorned and unobscured. A generous use of black reflects the dark exhibition space - the temporary pavilion is a black box - whilst the typography and ornamental elements reference Kew Gardens’ historic botanical illustration collection, from which Macoto drew inspiration.