They offer protection from the rain, a mode of transport (in children’s books, anyways), and a classic symbol of ‘Britishness.’ And then, from time to time, they explode.
At least in ‘Pop Pop Bang,’ an installation by Thomas Brown and Anna Burns. Set against idyllic English locations – a Norfolk woodland, a country home in Suffolk, the docklands – these umbrellas unfold to form smoking, smouldering action scenes.
‘The imagery was inspired by the boisterous fun relayed in all the classic trashy B-movies from over the years,’ says Brown. To juxtapose the tranquil scenery, the designers chose ‘the most masculine things we could think of: girls, guns and explosions.’
Each umbrella was created using custom printed fabric, he says, and attached to scaffolding. Although the process looks spontaneous, the opening of each umbrella by hand was concealed through tricky framing and editing.
Images courtesy Thomas Brown.