The Art of the Glenfiddich Barrel
1987 – ‘for 21 years we take a share’, over the course of 21 years, nearly half a barrel of liquid will evaporate. legend has it that this is the ‘angel’s share’.
For this year’s ‘barrel art’ initiativeGlenfiddich whisky asked the London-based design consultancy Johnson Banks to interpret the length of time it takes for Glenfiddich single malt whisky to mature in barrels. Michael Johnson and his team decided to focus on the ‘jobs’ that each part of the barrel have to do over the different lengths of time the five different whiskies mature. The shortest length of time whisky is in a barrel is 12 years, the longest is 30. the 5 finished works will be exhibited at the studio warehouse gallery in Glasgow from the 24th – 27th November.
Following the success of the inaugural Glenfiddich Barrel Art exhibition in 2007, we have developed a new exhibition for 2008. This year’s programme involves a single artist who will produce a collection of works that encapsulate the theme of time. We’ve chosen esteemed designer Michael Johnson. Michael has been at the forefront of British design throughout a career spanning decades and work the theme of time has been prevalent in his work to date.
1978 – ‘I will wait for 11,000 nights – I will wait for 11,000 days’, the whisky that takes longest to mature, the 30 years, is represented by the moon and the sun etched and charred onto the lid of a barrel.
1990 – ‘our bond is unbroken for 18 years’, an ‘impossible’ barrel is made out of…
Exhibition s ite with more photos. Via Design Boom.
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