Shelter – Words in the wind

Shelter - Words in the wind Jim Bond

Shelter - Words in the wind

by Jim Bond

Shelter – Words in the wind: is a raised steel structure with articulated fins which move in the breeze like reeds in the wind. Each flat hinged section is inscribed with the written memory of a visitor to the canal, describing a moment or feeling which they have experienced there. Each written memory pivots on the structure so that it can be turned to be read and also so that it will blow freely in the wind. They will all be attached by a bolt with a tamper proof head so that they can be swapped and changed as new memories are added and to replace any that may be damaged. In this way the whole sculptural structure is in constant change in the same way that the landscape around it is. The result is a an evolving library of ideas and thoughts which also provides shelter from the wind and creates a frame for the view The North Walsham canal site is a tranquil place which requires a sensitive approach. It has a place to find peace, to swim and to spend time with nature. It is with all this in mind that I have chosen to create a place for quiet contemplation. A structure to sit and think, a place to read and take shelter, or a place to practice yoga. As well as fulfilling all these roles the structure will take the form of a library containing the personal tales and memories of people who have spent time there.


Jim Bond is a sculptor specialising in dynamic kinetic structures and forms which express humorous intrigue and delicate sensitivity. His fascination with mechanisms and human anatomy has evolved into an exploration of anthropomorphic machines as creators of an unfolding narrative. From intricate responsive silver and copper devices to engineered, large scale wind powered installations these mechanised structures unfold to reveal wondrous illusions and hidden surprises. Working from his studio in Yorkshire he exhibits nationally and internationally most recently at The Morris Museum, USA, and he has created significant commissions for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University and Lords Cricket Museum, London. His anthropomorphic illusionary portrait of Rosalind Franklin was commissioned by English Heritage for their ‘Immortalised’ exhibition and his work is in private collections in the UK, Canada, The US, South Korea, Dubai and New Zealand.


Panisa Jermhansa CANAL(L)


by Panisa Jermhansa

The artwork titled “CANAL(L)” from “CANAL FOR ALL” wishes to capture the sense of place, express the local community’s view, and enliven the place. The idea is to express the identity of North Walsham & Dilham Canal with its landscape personality, reflecting industrial heritage, and connect to engineering, as a profession. From an overall perspective, the artwork appears to be a group of vertical columns randomly arranged. Together with their curved and carved edges, they create an assemblance to their grassy surroundings. With objects seemingly floating on top, the poles also act as an interpretation of the water surface, linking itself to the canal where it resides by. The posts are engraved with text that will be derived from community engagement activity, reflecting people’s identity, hope and dreams.

On top of the columns, there are three objects representing the region and its people’s stories and values. The first one is formed by two circles linked, made from wood and steel. This represents a waterwheel, showing an essential part of the wheel and axel principle and implying motor movement. It took place as a reminder of its industrial history and also engineering mind. The second one is composed of two triangles forming a boat. They speak about the important role of the canal, being a waterway from the past to present, whether for industrial reasons or for leisure. The last one is a wooden cube with rectangular holes, suggesting a building. It represents the industrial heritage, mills that were located along the banks and the historical value related to them. The hollow void of the cube is also a space for birds to inhabit.



From her background in architecture, Panisa Jermhansa has been working between the realm of art and design, with interests in spatial composition, materials and colours. Her works include architecture, interior design, furniture, and objects of art.

Honing Passage

- Honing Station

Honing Passage

by Studio Sabine Marcelis

Honing Passage is a unique place for the community to interact, reflect and enjoy nature. The passage embraces the beauty of the local landscape, reflecting and framing the surroundings through a unique lens, inviting people to experience an ever-shifting showcase of colour, light and nature throughout the seasons.
The artwork is an immersive sculpture made of two large panels of reinforced glass. The glass panels consist of colour treated two-way mirrors, creating a coloured reflection on one side while the other side reflects its surrounding without filter. Both panels are anchored into the ground by a large metal structure buried under the grass.
The form references the history of the area; the two offset glass panels express a sense of movement like the railway carriages that used to travel on the nearby tracks. This form in turn allows the creation of a passage where visitors can fully immerse themselves in between the colours and reflections. This play on light and colour provides a perfect photo opportunity that is accessible to all, with enough space for wheelchairs to go through the passage. 
The Honing Passage encourages interaction from visitors and is designed to fully integrate into the environment. The mirrors outside of the passage reflect the surroundings without alteration, seamlessly blending the piece into nature. The effect on the inside is altogether different as the walls act as lenses, filtering views of the surroundings through layers of colour. Through the iconic form and eye-catching materiality, the passage extends an invitation for visitors to walk through the piece, explore the intricacies of light, reflection and colours and take photos within or through the ever-shifting surfaces. When the sun hits the piece, beautiful light reflections are cast, and when it is raining, beads of water will trickle down the glass in a mesmerizing manner. It is a static piece, yet forever evolving and interacting with the natural world it inhabits. It is a visually minimal piece, yet the way in which it is constructed and experienced is anything but that. A highly engineered manufacturing process is involved to bring it to life and once installed, the work will forever evolve along with its surroundings. It is something to be experienced throughout the year and should entice visitors back time and time again.


Feathership Annabel McCourt and Adrian Riley


by Annabel McCourt & Adrian Riley

Feathership is a sculptural multisensory artwork based on the Norfolk legend of the Brotherhood of the Grey Goose Feather. 

Legend has it that any Norfolk resident carrying a split grey goose feather and speaking a secret word could request help. We will work with the local community to restore this legend by creating a new secret word that is only revealed under certain conditions in an artwork inspired equally by legend and the present day environment of Boal Quay. 


Annabel McCourt is an international contemporary artist based in Barton upon Humber. Her work ranges from lens-based gritty social-realism, through to public & installation art, moving image and architectural interventions inspired by fact, folklore & legend. Her latest public art commission draws on public engagement and participation, culminating in a huge ‘Human Murmuration’ in copper. 

Adrian Riley has a track record of over 25 years working in the public realm with artworks across England. Response to place and people is central to his work as is the use of text both as a means of communication and a way of developing meaningful creative engagement for the community in projects that have a high quality end result. Birdsong and flight has been a continual theme in several commissions. His work has resulted in winning the Northern Design Awards (2016) and commended at Leeds Architecture Awards (2013). 

McCourt and Riley were the lead artists on the £1.5m redevelopment of St James’ Square in Grimsby. Selected by a steering group of key stakeholders and art in the public realm specialists they were selected for their community-facing approach, intergenerational engagement and expertise in liaising with manufacturers to deliver the highest-quality artwork. They have been working together on public art commissions ever since. 



IRIS – The Messenger

IRIS - The Messenger Mathias Gmachl & Roosa Tulvio

IRIS - The Messenger

by Mathias Gmachl & Roosa Tulvio

IRIS – The Messenger: Boal Quay offers a sense of wide-open space and fresh air rolling off the river. IRIS captures the air currents that drive this environment in its curvilinear form – the artwork creates a beacon of light and hope, a focal point that sits at a threshold between the urban and the wild. IRIS creates a place to return to and reflect on the challenges and changes we have to face as individuals and communities in order to safeguard these precious natural places. It creates a place for us to have a moment to pause and grieve what is lost, so that messages of hope and action can emerge. The six metre platform, which is illuminated by the lights from the nine metre tall sculpture above, offers a physical space for people to come together. The platform is covered in one-off casted concrete tiles with messages created by the people of King’s Lynn. These messages will explore the themes of fears, hopes and dreams, arranged into new poetry and forms. Like its namesake, the messenger between ancient Greek gods and the humans, IRIS will deliver the messages from the local community, carved onto its platform, to visitors and lift them up metaphorically as they see the sculpture leaping into the open sky.


Mathias Gmachl is an Austrian London based artist, designer and researcher, internationally recognised for the design and fabrication of pioneering experiences and environments that radically rethink our future. He ran a spatial art studio Loop.pH for 15 years that created pieces in various scales and locations, ranging from office walls to festivals. Mathias and the studio’s clients include Historic Royal Palaces, Design Museum, Future Everything.

Roosa Tulvio, a Finnish designer and maker living in London, has worked in the past with Mathias as a designer and art fabricator. Before returning to art, she worked as the head designer for the British sustainable luxury accessory brand Bottletop. Prior to this, as part of her accessories design practice and consulting, Roosa travelled around the world working with unprivileged communities and groups. These include UN refugee camps in Jordan, women’s groups in Nepal and textile workers in Kenya.

Roosa and Mathias share a passion for working in public space. They believe that public places gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Public art is a part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanises the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas. Public art is freely accessible and contributes to public conversations. These ideas started the conversation that evolved into the collaboration that IRIS was born out of.

Plain Sight

Matt Wreglesworth

- king's lynn

Plain Sight

by StudioSquash

Update for Plain Sight – September 2022

Despite the best efforts of the Art Trail Team, Visit West Norfolk and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, development of Plain Sight at King’s Lynn is now paused. This is due to unforeseen issues with the proposed installation site.

Studio Squash have produced a brilliantly creative design – we are working hard with our partners to find a new way to bring this to life and identify new opportunities to bring site-specific artwork to the area in future.

Plain Sight was developed in collaboration with Richard Morrison.


Matt’s work focuses on the boundary between art and architecture. Whether through installation, performance, or permanent structure – human perception is at the centre.

While studying architecture at Newcastle University and the Manchester School of Architecture, Matt focused on the crossover between art, architecture, and philosophy with a particular interest in light and perception.

These aspects feature heavily in his work, in which environments are created to question a viewer’s experience of the world around them.

Between degrees, he worked for architecture practices in the UK, Sweden and Denmark, including RIBA Gold Medal winning practice Grimshaw. He is now at 59 Productions, where he is part of the architecture team, working on set design and exhibition projects.

Rainbow Beacon

The Rainbow Beacon Bits to Atoms / Guillaume Crédoz

Rainbow Beacon

by Bits to Atoms / Guillaume Crédoz

Rainbow Beacon: Floating a few meters above the ground, a surreal strike of colors glows gently over the muddy banks and the dark clouds. Reminiscent of the light houses and the Greyfriars’s hexagonal tower,the 3D printed from recycled plastic large lantern creates an attractive landmark in the vast horizontal landscape. It is sun powered, and turns on when luminosity decreases, gently glowing at the horizon. The legend has it that at the foot of the rainbow is hidden a treasure.


Following an education in Architecture and Environment Design in three universities chosen for their multi-technical workshops, Guillaume Crédoz established an entirely virtual practice, working solely in 3D for over fifty Architecture offices around the world. This period of intense tectonic experimentations in a synthetic universe was followed by a six-year chapter of teaching and research at universities (UQàM, UdeM).

On the first line of the emergence of digital manufacturing, he saw this medium as a direct and material extension of his experience. After establishing several practices in five different countries, he sets up Bits to Atoms, a practice that explores the potentials of digital manufacturing to extend the capacity of crafts in both Architecture, Arts and Design. In 2015 he founded the collective BeirutMakers, and in 2020 joined Philip Beesley’s Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) collective. Currently, his award-winning architectural practice Bits to Atoms is now employing twenty persons and six large industrial robotic arms. The office’s recent body of works includes the National Theatre of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and the urban reconversion of its port, a third-place key building for Tripoli (Lebanon), and Yowalah a 3D printed urban installation in Dubai Design District.

The Spectators

The Spectators Margaux Carpentier

The Spectators

by Margaux Carpentier

The Spectators: My idea for Reedham Ferry Inn is to create an installation made of mystical creatures inspired by the local fauna, mythology and history.

Those beings would be placed contemplating the canal and welcoming/wishing farewell to the passengers crossing by ferry.

I wish to surprise passers-by with a colourful, fun and slightly enigmatic installation.

The story told by the installation is not set in stone – but I like using a thread to guide my hand in assembling symbols, colours and shapes,

The idea is to leave the outcome open to the audience’s interpretation, in order to create space for secrets to be discovered and imaginary doors to be pushed ajar.

I intend to create an installation in my usual style by using bright and bold colours so the piece as a whole vibrates and stands out in the dark autumn and winter landscape and brings back a little bit of happiness during the dullest times of the year.


Margaux Carpentier is an image-maker and storyteller working mainly in London, sometimes in France, and further away.

She creates pictures using symbolic language, so each piece can be read by all, in many different ways. Her work is inspired by the infinite combinations of colours offered by the world; her images transcribe the choreography of living things.

She works on varied projects, from large murals, installations and paintings to detailed book illustrations, and even toys!


Solaris James tunnard


by James Tunnard

Solaris will be a large and beautiful solar-powered light. The stained-glass design will be inspired by the colours of the local environment and wildlife.

During the daytime Solaris will be illuminated by the sun. After sunset solar-powered internal lights will illuminate the colourful design with gently changing patterns of light. These patterns will respond to the rhythms and changes of environmental conditions and visitor presence.



James Tunnard is an artist and designer working across a wide range of disciplines and materials.

Inventive and experimental in nature, his work often explores the intersections between art, science, technology and society.

‘I enjoy working on projects that involve a process of imaginative investigation – that are experimental and collaborative, and lead to discoveries.’


Colony KitMapper + Grace Pappas


by KitMapper + Grace Pappas

‘Colony – Avocet, Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Mallard, Swallow and Green Woodpecker’ by Grace Pappas will be a set of six performing flute like sculpture set back from the banks of the River Yare at a site adjacent to the Reedham Ferry Inn. Through a simple system of underground pipes the flutes come to life through the tidal forces and water disturbances. Coupling mechanically with the water level height variations, each flute performs a cycle of colours and sounds representing birds common to the Norfolk Broads. The project will be undertaken in partnership with arts production company KitMapper and marine engineer PNP Consulting.

Kitmapper Biography

KitMapper is an arts production company passionate about the future of art-making and production. We facilitate ground-breaking, internationally recognised culture and create local opportunities for emerging talent.

Specialising in ambitious and complex installations, we provide world-class creative support, production management and curatorial advice. As an artist-run organisation, we each bring our own nuance, expertise and understanding to every project, bringing together our inhouse talent with our network of specialist partners.

Grace Pappas Biography

With archaeology and engineering as a lense, Grace’s research focuses on the intertwined intra-actions of bodies and spaces. By shifting the attention to the intangible forces surrounding physical matter, she has been constructing environments puppeteered by time, gravity, temperature and interaction. Resulting work has been shown in a series of institutions including Palais de Tokyo and Victoria and Albert Museum. Currently a lecturer at the Royal College of Arts with running collaboration with a series of cultural and scientific institutions including Studio Tomas Saraceno, Aerocene foundation, UCLA and ESPCI.

Grace was recently awarded a research grant for her work on The Marine Frontier.


Grace Pappas