A Kingston University graduate has redesigned the iconic Channel 4 sign to make it look the giant 50 ft installation is breathing.

Kingston graduate makes her mark on channel 4

A Kingston University graduate has redesigned the iconic Channel 4 sign to make it look the giant 50 ft installation is breathing.

Hannah Gourlay, who graduated from a BA fashion design in 2008, was the winner of last year’s Big 4 competition after entering her design, “Time to Breathe”. 

The 24-year-old said: “Seeing the finished design was such an amazing feeling. The process of having to comprehend the considerable technical and logistical challenges involved in making a 50ft structure ‘breathe’ has been invaluable.”

It took 10 months of hard work for the designer to complete her art work, which began life in her kitchen.

“In the early stages I made an inflatable cube with a light inside it and put it on top of my fridge. My house mate stood behind the fridge and breathed in and out of it,” said Miss Gourlay.

The “4” is structured out of steel and covered with fabric, which is slowly inflated and deflated to mimic the movement of breathing, which Miss Gourlay hopes will give busy Londoners a brief moment of calm.

The whole design is lit up at night, and grows darker and lighter with the ‘breathing’ action of the structure. 

The project was under the supervision of FreeState, the original designers of the “4” structure.

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