This work was the culmination of a six month residency at Aspex, Portsmouth as part of The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2016.
The residency involved designing and running workshops with children and young people based on the history of the site of Aspex; The Vulcan Building.
Vernon Semper Viret is Latin for 'Vernon always flourishing' and was the motto for H.M.S Vernon who used The Vulcan Building as a land service store.
The neon references some of the designer retail outlets of the neighbouring Gunwharf Quays. The installation also includes a hand drawn scroll sourced from a print of the original motto, printed onto vinyl and mounted onto glass, and a percussive work made during one of the workshops simulating sounds of Portsmouth Harbour.
Photo by Beth Moseley