Saga Arpino is an artist specialising in utilising light, colour and movement to make a positive contribution to the creation of excellent and evocative public spaces.
Saga develops pieces that work with and enhance their architectural setting whilst providing relevant, distinctive metaphor. She has designed and implemented artworks commissioned by Local Authorities, private sector companies, healthcare services, charitable organisations, faith groups and private individuals. Saga welcomes new commissions for both secular and ecclesiastical settings.
In 2001 she gained a BA with First Class Honors from Edinburgh College of Art, having studied Architectural Glass under Ray Flavell, Alison McConachie and Douglas Hogg. Saga was also awarded the Helen A Rose Bequest for ‘Distinguished Work’.
She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Glaziers Award for Excellence in 2001, which gave her the opportunity to undertake work placements both in the UK – with John Patsalides, Alf Fisher and at Goddard and Gibbs – and in Germany at Glassmaleri Peters and Derix Glasstudios. These proved to be unforgettable, and invaluable experiences.
Saga went to continue her studies at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2004. Her thesis ‘Between Places | Journey of Delight’ explored how way-finding behaviour and way-showing techniques can be creatively utilised to shape behaviour without ‘telling’ people where to go.
Her most notable commission to date is for the Church Mission Society. She designed and fabricated a sculpture to be installed outside the new head office in South East Oxford. The sculpture communicates to visitors the organisation’s mission and is a landmark for the local area. Standing 2.5m high, in bronze and glass, it is formed with three elements, three rings. The piece speaks of interchange, with connotations of movements and global interconnectedness; you can pass through the middle (crossing barriers); the glass mediated the light (of the world) and its texture and colour transform with the passage of time. As an expression of the world-wide local mission work of CMS the outer ring reads ‘light of the world’ in over 60 languages from across the world.
She’s currently working on a series of illuminated concertina light boxes, working with hand-blown sheet glass from Lamberts, whilst also collaborating with a master carpenter on a commission for the Royal Brompton Hospital.
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Saga’s studio is in South Bermondsey, London