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The view of a Night Watchman, is the culmination of a two-year project undertaken by artist Kevin Casey. Part documentary photography, part archival re-presentation and part making ends meet, as Casey’s ‘night job’ as an on-site security guard at the former Pilkington Glass Headquarters became his ‘day job’ as an artist, the work presented tells the story of an uncertain future, tense present and captivating past.

The collection, including C-Type prints, archive film, projections and uncovered artefacts also testifies to the situation that Casey found himself in – part voyeur and part guardian – whilst drawing the viewers’ attention to the vicissitudes of contemporary capitalism and its contested relationship to our recent industrial and manufacturing past.

Further to the works on display at Alexandra Park, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to visit selected spaces within the former Pilkington Glass complex, designed by the mid-20th Century Architect, Edwin Maxwell Fry, of Fry and Drew. A short tour will include a visit to the modernist Tower whose Armourclad panels have dominated the skyline of St. Helen’s since the complexes construction in the late 1950s. Avinash Chandra’s back-lit, abstract relief panel of stained, fused glass and Jon Humphrey Spender’s artwork can also be viewed, as well as the panelled lift lobby, former canteen and elements of the landscaped grounds, including the north lake and concrete bridge.

As much of the site is not normally publicly accessible, the exhibition and short tour provides a rare opportunity to view a Modernist landmark and exhibited materials that possess a deep local and global significance.

 

41999920231_f3e75b73a6_c.jpgPilkington Glass HQ by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

41999920641_2328746891_c.jpgPilkington Glass HQ by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

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41999921691_68508d3a31_c.jpgExhibition Room by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

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40193072870_d209008732_c.jpg22nd Feb 1962 by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

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This is a tabulator and it's something to do with the clocking in cards that reads the holes.

 

41955771262_7213a8337e_c.jpgTabulator by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

 

This below represents an onsite doctors for the workers

 

40193077820_d1199b22c8_c.jpgExhibition Room by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

40193078340_982f937e54_c.jpgExhibition Room by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

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You normally see a picture on the doors now🚹🚺

 

40193080630_43278c3881_c.jpgGentlemans Lavatory by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

41999913981_bf591c2827_c.jpgGentlemans Lavatory by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

40193081290_b703aff569_c.jpgReception by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

40193082010_b7eca444f1_c.jpgLeaving Pilks by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

41999919431_54359e5ce7_c.jpgPilkington Glass HQ by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

41999918691_38111f489a_c.jpgPilkington Glass HQ by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

41999917901_c45b3913b4_c.jpgLooking through by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

40193052370_8a4e42009e_c.jpgPilkington Glass HQ by Robbob 2010, on Flickr

 

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I met Kevin Casey the Night Watchman,a great bloke..Sony camera man as well which i liked,not many people i know with them.

I couldn't really talk to Kevin much as a guy was chatting to him for nearly the full hour plus a few other people.Kevin still works there which i said it must be eerie but with an High-Vis and torch it goes along way patrolling he said.

I thought we was going to the top of the tower but he said we can't due to health and safety.

Anyway it was worth going but i hope @RATTY can take more in than i could.

Thanks Kevin.

Ps,i told him about this site so i hope he joins and gives more info.

 

 

 

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