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Alexandra Park Art Project

The proposal was for an artist to design a piece of art in the model boating lake at the southern entrance



CHALLENGE

The proposal was for an artist to design a piece of art in the model boating lake at the southern entrance to Alexandra Park. The average depth of the lake is approximately 0.5 metres. The artwork was to be visible at night and needed to address factors such as corrosion, weathering and the potential for vandalism.

INNOVATION

Working with the ceramic artist Bridget Tennent, Anna set out to create a work of art that enhanced the sense of place using Marnock’s original plans, which included an island, possibly a site for a folly, on the park’s southern most lake. Tennent+Tennent developed a “Counting Butterflies” that was inspired by the and temporal nature of a butterfly, the sculpture series captures their fluttering movements as they gather above the water.
The passage of time in the landscape was to be expressed through the gentle movement of the sculptures’ wings. The work alludes to the brevity of our lives in the context of history.
Deliberately working with seemingly fragile and light materials, tennent+tennent were in fact using a robust ceramic with brushed stainless steel poles to raise the hovering forms as they seemingly above the surface of the boating lake.

IMPACT

The bid was won by a local artist with a sculpture called ‘Continuum

PROJECT FACTS

Project Type: Landscape Design, Regeneration
Location: Hastings, East Sussex
Date: 2004
Contract Value: Bid

EXPERTISE

Landscape Architecture, Community Development, Partnership Working