Responding to a brief which highlights the impact of the pandemic on football culture in the UK, I set out to commemorate the loss of crowds in the game currently. I made this banner to represent the ‘12th Man’, a shirt number traditionally used by football clubs to signify the supporter as an honorary member of a football team. The banner suggests that whilst broadcasting channels may supplement crowds with canned sounds, the true essence of a crowd cannot be substituted.
The banner is site specific to the abandoned football grounds of Glasgow’s Cathkin Park (pictured), and is designed to hang from crash barriers that remain in place on the old stands. I am yet to take the banner back to its true location, and in the meantime have been exploring its placement in locations local to me.