GB PRO advanced hybrid sealant and adhesive from Bond It has been used in a historic public art project recently.
PERFUGIUM MISERIS celebrates the maritime heritage of Ramsgate harbour in Kent and has been created by Mooch – a creative practice specialising in public realm art and design. A Latin phrase, which translates as ‘refuge for those in need’, PERFUGIUM MISERIS is carved into Ramsgate’s Georgian lighthouse which was built in 1842 and is located on the harbour’s west arm.
Mooch has taken the same motto and realised it as 1.2m high by 23m long lettering situated at the high tide mark on the east harbour arm facing out to sea. This lettering is clad in a special photoluminescent vinyl resulting in the letters shining in full sunlight before giving them a soft glow as daylight fades.
Twice a day, with the changing tides, the letters also disappear below the surface of the waves paying an evocative tribute to the countless lives lost at sea beyond the safety of the harbour walls. This includes the many victims of the Great Storm of 1703.
Mooch hopes the project will bring to life Ramsgate’s unique maritime history and also encourage deeper reflection on the nature of a harbour as a beacon and refuge in times of need.
Bond It’s GB PRO was chosen for the project because it is high strength, waterproof and available in a transparent formula which minimises its visibility. GB PRO is also highly versatile and can be used for almost any sealing and bonding application. The product used was supplied free of charge to Mooch by Bowman BMC – a supplier who regularly supports charity initiatives that benefit the local area.
The current PERFUGIUM MISERIS artwork is a temporary piece commissioned by local charity, Ramsgate Arts, though due to its popularity fundraising is now underway to make the artwork permanent.
Bond It has also made a donation towards the funds needed. Others looking to donate can find out how to do so by visiting www.mooch.co
Speaking of Bond It’s involvement in the project, Kirstie Cooper, Marketing Manager at the company, said: “GB PRO is part of a growing range of hybrid sealants and adhesives from Bond It based on advanced polymer technology. Its use for PERFUGIUM MISERIS provides an unusual but highly effective demonstration of its versatility and performance, even under the most extreme and unusual conditions.”
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