Harris Flights

2013

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

2013

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.

The Hive

2015

The Hive was originally conceived as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo and was the first UK Pavilion to be reused and brought back to Britain after an Expo to be sited in its permanent home at Kew Gardens.

The City Speaks

2017

The City Speaks was commissioned as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and designed to act as a 21st century Speakers’ Corner in which open-air public speaking took on epic proportions as spoken words were translated to text and relayed on one of the towers supporting Hull’s tidal barrier.

Thamesmead Cultural Strategy

2018 – ongoing

As Part of Peabody’s long-term regeneration plans to realise Thamesmead’s potential and build 20,000 new homes, they are embedding culture into the heart of their plans from the beginning. Their cultural strategy ensures that they work with local communities to create culture as part of daily life, and partnerships with local and international partners has enabled them to raise the profile and ambition of Thamesmead and put it on the map.

Writing on the Wall

1991 – 2002

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.

The People’s Canopy

2015 – 2016

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)

2012 – 2019

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

2012

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

2010

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.

E-Pluribus Unum – The Chapel of Many

2019

A space of non-denominative gathering, the chapel is conceived as a space of reconciliation. The

walls of the Chapel are created of bespoke folding chairs. In its complete form, the space is a monolith, without entry or exit.