The 54 column 2m tall timeline covers almost 150m2 of wall space and captures nearly 1000 names from the history of the label and its affiliated labels, which can be traced back to Columbia Records in 1887.
Fowkes has looked for an appropriate way to cast the names of artists including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, The Clash and Michael Jackson.
Divided into decades the timeline is only interrupted by great musical interventions – recording cylinders, vinyl, cassette, CD, radio, MTV, the Sony Walkman, the iPod, and digital streaming.
These images are testament to how labour intensive it must have been, but it’s not over yet. Fowkes’ services will be retained as he adds future signings to the piece.
Fowkes says, ‘I was quite overwhelmed by the scale of the job, trying to get my head around the logistics was a challenge. As soon as I visited the space, however, it put my mind at ease and I could instantly see it all becoming a reality.’