Codd Monument, Henny Burnett, 2021, cast concrete, rubber, marble, thread 5cmx5cmx2cm
Hiram Codd (10 January 1838 – 18 February 1887) was an English engineer born in Bury St Edmunds. In 1872, he patented a bottle filled under gas pressure, which pushed a marble against a rubber washer in the neck, creating a perfect seal.
There is a second personal monument Sight: to conform to size request by groving I used an old eye drop bottle to cast from. I take eye drops to stabilize my glaucoma, the small half sphere attached by the pink thread is cast from a contact lens case and the tread symbolizes the optic nerve.
Codd Monument has been placed in Churchgate Street, the poems are by Marianne Habeshaw and Urve Opik.
Happy round face,
when writing, you don’t worry
about shuffling a line
around lines that are also moving.
Showering isn’t relief patter
because you need no breaks
from life. No call for hiding
mirrors or phones, your ego craves
nothing anonymous. Never wiping clean
summer lines, or caring about
augmented pillars officially standing.
Just your place at the craft table,
with a slapdash Pritt stick and a
friend welding the scissors,
just folding pipe cleaners into a circle
until the job is done.
Keep the pink string and marble
and flip it around your finger when
getting told off, knowing failure
helps nothing. When you think of
this string, your cheeks bunch
like Grandma’s curtains.
All you want is to be
is with family, grass swaying
and smiles like umbrellas
which meet as machinery does.
When they grin at you,
it is like your eye
has caught a fish.
Codd Monument (to Hiram Codd)
A cork may stop the spill, hold water tight–
But over time the stealthy gas escapes
its liquid bind in tiny sighs off light.
It takes a heft of patience to reshape
the effervescecent ever present Now,
and hold it lulled until the time to wake
those tiny urgent pulses and allow
the bottled-up excitement to erupt
in frothed exuberance. The question how
to hold the bubbles still and interrupt
their eager upward gust was made concrete
and answered by a tender kiss that tucked
anticipation seamlessly between
a marble pressed into a perfect seal.
This circuitry of tension and release
repeats itself as ouroboros wheel
of fleeing moments loosened and resealed.
Henny Burnett is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Bristol and London. She attended Byam Shaw and Edinburgh Colleges of Art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaking residencies in Italy and Britain. She has won awards from Juliet Gomperts Trust, The British council, ACE and travel grants to Canada and USA. Recently a finalist for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2021 and awarded a commission for new work by Procreate Project funded by ACE. Twitter @cicatrixart Instagram @hennyburnett www.axisweb.org/p/hennyburnett/
Marianne Habeshaw is an emerging, contemporary poet living in Peterborough/East London. Her work reflects on learnt social behaviours and internal conflicts, written with intimate, frank humour and striking, fulsome imagery.
Marianne’s first poetry collection Blather Gaps has been recently been awarded the TLC Free Reads Scheme.
Habeshaw's poem The Scene is part of LADA, Something Other latest chapter Visions; the poem Sandpaper Hands is included in their upcoming Unseen! 4 with Unseen Words and Visuals Collective; poems Puffer Trains and Obtainable Anxiety are part of Gold Akanbi’s upcoming collection Unbound. Instagram @razmaztaz
Urve Opik studied art history at Manchester University and the Courtauld, and worked for many years as an Arts Administrator. She became increasingly interested in the life psychotherapeutic in the late 1990s, retrained, and now practices as a psychotherapist. She retains a deep interest in the visual arts, and has a quiet writing practise running on the side and weaving through her life.
I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.