Public Art for Rochester Riverside

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The first chapter in the commissioning of public art for Rochester Riverside is taking place, as we are pleased to announce the artists that are working on phases 1 & 2 of the significant development site in Medway, Kent. All the commissions respond to and resonate with the unique riverside location.

Three artists have been commissioned to develop embedded public art, working collaboratively with the design teams for Rochester Riverside.

Working with the appointed landscape architects Land Use (LUC) is:

Artist Esther Rolinson who is working on a lighting commission that supports and enhances the new gateway area called Station Square.

Artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi is working on a landscape and furniture commission. The commission looks at contributing and exploring alternative use of scheme elements from hard landscaping to street furniture.

Artist Chris Tipping is working with architect’s bptw on an architectural commission where public art will support distinct and connected neighbourhoods. The artwork has the potential to influence style and design and create a Rochester identity.

FrancisKnight’s relationship with Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and The Hyde Group began earlier in September 2016.  FrancisKnight were part of the winning team to be awarded the scheme and have since produced a Public Art Strategy as part of the planning submission.  They continue to work as public art consultants for this significant site, which will deliver 1,400 homes across seven development phases. 

La Biennale di Venezia

 

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, opened to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th, at the Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice. We managed to catch the second to last weekend and enjoyed the city of Venice and La Biennale in the last bit of autumn sunshine.

Here are a few photo highlights 

       

       

           

Roadtrip to Hardscape

This week we visited Hardscape, a landscaping material supplier based in Stratford-Upon-Avon.  Hardscape have been integral to the Chatham Placemaking Project supplying the granite and collaborating with Lead Artist Christ Tipping on the Creative Public Realm elements of the scheme. It was a fascinating visit, as we witnessed the various processes granite goes through for text and pattern work to be embedded in the stone.  Waterjet cutting, flameblasting, sandblasting, as well as hand chiselled letters for inlaid text.  The kerb details at Chatham are specificed at 450mm wide, 150mm wider than standard Chatham kerbs and they looked impressive.  This detail was proposed by Chris to reflect the oversized materials used at Chatham Historic Dockyard.  The embedded text reflects stories, anecdotes and facts which will flow from Chatham Station to Military Square.  Construction work is ongoing and due to complete by June 2018. 

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The Sackler Courtyard

Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) have created the first porcelain tiled public courtyard in the UK.  Shimmering in the sunlight, the Sackler Courtyard is a new entrance from Exhibition Road into the Victoria and Albert Musuem and creates a grand arrival and new public space. Chosen the right shoes that day too!

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Visit to the Timber Shed

Working on the Chatham Placemaking Project we're delighted to be working with designer maker Andrew Lapthorn. Andrew is collaborating with Lead Artist Chris Tipping to produce a series of benches for New Cut, Railway Street and Military Road. The benches are a combination of granite and timber and this week we were lucky enough to take a look in the timber sheds at the Dockyard where we are hoping to source the timber.  The benches have been inspired by 'Chatham Timbers' and robust bespoke nature of materials used within the Dockyard. So it was great to go back to that source of inspiration and discuss what timbers we could use with Andrew, a master craftsman based there. 

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