The painting shows 'Keating House' as seen from Boston Street here in Sheffield. The trunks of the cherry trees of the gardens that you can see (Leverton Gardens) lend this painting a spectral/haunted feel. There's a suggestion of a lurking ominous dark that the community is shielding away from.
The reference image is from the 20th March - the last Friday night the pubs and bars were open before lockdown started on the 23rd.
I pass these buildings all the time but there was something about that night and the absence of people that diverged dramatically from the life happening within.
The quality of light and the luminous, hot, over-saturated blue of the sky along with the emptiness of the streets joined together to create something uncanny about these three towers.
They resonated with the foreboding of what we were heading into. The windows full of warmth and light contrasting starkly with the eerie emptiness and silence surrounding the towers. There is something about the enclosing nature of the towers that describes containment in a way that representation of empty streets lacks. This is not just peoples' homes being contained but a whole community.
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