Harris Flights

In Certain Places worked with architectural practice Research Design to examine the original plans for the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, drawn up by architect James Hibbert, and to create a new temporary staircase, which invited people to move directly from the space of Preston’s Market Square into the heart of the Harris building. The Flights took people through the ‘front door’ of the building on the first floor, allowing them to experience the neo-classical, Grade I listed building in an entirely new way.

Level Playing Field

Level Playing Field (2013) was a temporary public work by artist David Cross which was designed to socially engage with the people and place of earthquake ravaged Christchurch New Zealand. In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a number of earthquakes the largest of which measured a magnitude 7 killing 185 people and levelling the city to the ground. Christchurch has since been considered as the worst damaged city since the firebombing of Dresden in WWII.

Free Tank: The Retrospective View of the Pathway

Free tank: The retrospective view of the pathway is a permanent public artwork created by renowned British artist Roger Hiorns as the final element of the Temple Quay waterfront master-plan.

Writing on the Wall

Photographs of the Jewish quarter in Berlin from pre-world war II were projected on the buildings and streets where they were originally taken and then photographed to remind the city of a part of its identity sometimes forgotten.

Neon Parallax

Across the rooftops of several prominent buildings in Geneva’s Plaine de Plainpalais are nine neon sculptures, which create an additional visual space in an already dense urban environment.  The project, 'Urban Parallax' was officially inaugurated in October 2012 with an exhibition and an international conference at the Salle du Faubourg.

The People’s Canopy

The People’s Canopy was a mobile architectural structure designed specifically for the city of Preston by award-winning Beijing architects People’s Architecture Office. The People’s Canopy was a two-storey high expandable roof structure on bicycle wheels. The ten units were designed to collapse to the size of a double decker bus to be pedalled from one location to another and thereby transform underused public spaces; spaces for auto transport are turned into spaces for pedestrians and events, and open streets connected. The aim of the project was to develop a bespoke, temporary architectural intervention for Preston that would create new, visible connections between the university and the city centre, as well as celebrate UCLan’s international links.

Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP)

Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) by WERK was a contemporary art project embedded in one of the largest suburban regeneration schemes in the U.K. The scheme led by St. Modwen PLC transformed the area that was once the site of a thriving motor factory (1905-2005) and infamous political emblem of British Manufacturing into a new town.

Speed of Light

After the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, which caused seven meltdowns at three nuclear reactors, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources received intensified interest in Japan. One year later, the 2012 Smart Illumination Yokohama Festival commissioned the international debut of Speed of Light. The festival focused on sustainability and showcased LED lights, solar panels, and other green energy generation and storage techniques. Speed of Light, an artistic intervention, was developed by NVA, a Scottish public art organization whose work seeks to redefine urban and rural landscapes through collective action. NVA is an acronym of nacionale vitae activa, a Latin phrase describing ‘the right to influence public affairs.’

Temporary Public Gallery

In 2010 The Propeller Group rented a public billboard at a bus shelter in Ho Chi Minh City for 3 months to stage a public art project. A shrewd and insightful move in a country where all visual elements in the landscape— from public art to advertising—are controlled through different censorship bodies, Temporary Public Gallery was intended to explore matters concerning public space, public art, privatized commercial space and the politics/ censorship behind the regulation of these spaces in Ho Chi Minh City. This project began with the group’s interest in how the visual elements of a landscape not only reflect the socio-political changes of that locale, but can have an affect on it as well. Expressing a desire to see how they could contribute to this affect in the rapidly changing landscape of Viet Nam, the collective attempted to locate a loophole in the system by renting out advertising space to curate artworks in public, challenging notions of public space, advertising, and public art in Viet Nam.

Daily

The ‘Prince Boulevard Public Art Program’ was an initiative to commission 6 permanent public artworks for this new art and cultural ‘district.’ Four local artists were selected - Tu Wei-Chen, Chen Cheng-Hsun, Wang Wen-Chih and Hsu Chuen-Shi - together with Dan Raralio from the Philippines and Leung Mee-Ping from Hong Kong.

Sandy Carpet

The Sandy Carpet known as Farsh Sheni is a sand made carpet created annually, which has been crafted for the past 6 years on the southern island of Hormuz in Iran, Persian Gulf. The outstanding character, which makes this extraordinary carpet unique, is the application of more than one hundred colorful sands, which have been excavated from local mines and hills on this island.

Théâtre Source

The 1000 families residents of Ndogpassi III in Douala, Cameroon, are mainly migrants from the hinterland in search of a better future. The government has no answer to this influx of people and are indifferent to their welfare. Basic services such as water, electricity and garbage collection are often missing.