When Somerset House Studios based artist and researcher Phoebe Davies needed a design-orientated flooring that would also help highlight the sport aspects of her first solo show ‘Points of Rupture’ she turned to leading, international sport and vinyl flooring specialist, Gerflor.
Commissioned by Site Gallery in Sheffield, ‘Points of Rupture’ uses video, sound and installation to explore themes of tactility, training and recovery of athletes engaged in contact sports. The concept arose from Davies’ own on-going recovery from a basketball injury in parallel with her research work into contact-based sport with a group of teenage, female wrestlers in Norway.
Davies therefore approached Gerflor who are renowned for their sports floorings, which help to protect athletes from injury, and vinyl flooring design collections. Consequently, Gerflor’s design-led flooring, Taralay, was used in the execution of the design, which references court structures, agility and plyometric drills, alongside return-to-play training.