Public Art/Landscaping Commission Forum Development Bath

Fearns, R and Cockayne, A (2001) Public Art/Landscaping Commission Forum Development Bath.

Item Type: Artefact
Creators: Fearns, R and Cockayne, A
Date: 25 January 2001

Location: Public Art/Landscaping Commission Forum Development Bath, Newbridge Road, Bath
Media; 3 pieces of public sculpture
1. Landscaped garden granite and stone blocks, stainless steel and bronze centrepiece.
2. Stand alone stainless steel and stone/ jesmonite hourglass
3. Stainless steel text set in stone blocks

Responding to the site, public art works were specifically created for the area, providing an exciting opportunity to create a dialogue which references the location's cultural and industrial heritage. The aim was to create a space which references an all-important sense of place. The Horstmann Gear Company previously who owned the land fabricated timing mechanisms for streetlights across Britain and central heating timers provided a theme for the three artworks made for this commission. The site became the first Georgian style square to be built in Bath for over two hundred years. The landscaping of the square when looking down from above reveals a design, which references a clock, with stone and granite blocks serving as seats and measurements of time. At the centre of this is an interactive bronze and stainless steel cog, which can be pushed around, which then rotates a sun, moon and tide setting the hour, day and month in the square. This references a similar mechanism found on early gas streetlights.

A related stand -alone sculpture is positioned outside the square. An 'hourglass' built from stainless steel letters uses text that references aspects of time. Alongside this, the words spill off onto a group of random stone blocks inset with a steel lettered text piece. A boules court was included together with planting, paving and railing work for which we used landscape architect assistance.

Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2012 04:45
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:32
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