Posted on 9th Apr 2021
We’re delighted to announce that the public have selected Jo Fisher’s design for the new neon artwork in the GHT cafe!
Jo’s text based design is taken from a line in a poem she wrote about Southampton, borne of her personal experiences as a resident. It promotes the idea of unity and community as integral to Southampton’s identity. The handwritten phrase’s brevity and poetic nature mirror the venue’s existing installations. This new addition provides a strong, positive message when the city needs it most, offering a sense of place upon entering the building, and embracing past, present and future simultaneously in true GHT style.
“I’m so delighted that my words will be up on the walls of God’s House Tower in lights! GHT is one of my favourite spaces in the city, and it’s a real privilege to be able to contribute to the venue in a creative way, with a message that will hopefully resonate with visitors and local residents alike. Southampton is a very special place, and at its heart are the communities and people that make up the city. I’m so grateful for every single vote – so, thank you!”
Thank you to everyone who voted and for all of the artists who submitted designs for this commission.
A Love Letter for Southampton by Jo Fisher
Take me to your city streets
and show me art and history;
the place where past and present meet
with the hum and buzz of industry.
Speak of Saints, of guts, of Pride,
of ships that sail and wings in flight;
the hidden gems, the waterside,
the spots awake all through the night.
Show me people, show me soul,
those making waves and doing good;
a city of secrets, these parts of a whole,
this international neighbourhood.
Let’s feel the grass between our toes,
find peace along the leafy tracks;
Lose ourselves in a place that knows
The thrill of going, and coming back.
Take me to your coastal home,
this greatest sum of many parts;
I long to call this place my own
and hold it close against my heart.