Feathership

Feathership Annabel McCourt and Adrian Riley

Feathership

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. 

Biography: 

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. 

 Annabel 

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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.

Biography:

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.

Biography

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.

Biography

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.