NORI

This body of work is an insight into a small working class town in the North of England. A product of this industrial environment is the NORI Brick, first produced in Accrington in 1887. Admired and revered within the construction industry for being the strongest engineering brick in the world, it has remained relatively unknown to the general populace. Not always visible, its reputation was cemented when it was used to lay the foundations of The Empire State Building in New York.

Many rumours exist as to where the name originates. Some believe the name carved into the original moulds was reversed, others argue that the white letters built into one of the original brickworks’ chimney was build upside-down. Some even believe it was a clever marketing ploy to compete with a rival brick company’s IRON brand brick. Either way, the name stuck and is now synonymous with the hardest and most durable bricks in the world, Accrington NORI. Their distinct terracotta appearance is timeless and enhances the architectural features of many buildings. Bricks are the materials that shape the world we live in and exist as a symbol of the places we inhabit.

Although there is a semimetal value, forming the walls inside my home for over ten years until the building was remodelled, essentially these photographs present an archive of the materials that construct our urban environment. Recognised globally for their practical use, by detaching from their original purpose, these bricks also exist as aesthetic objects.