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

Iron Reef

- Reedham Ferry Inn

Iron Reef

by Maetherea Cristina Morbi + Aurora Destro

Iron Reef is inspired by the anthropized amphibious landscape. As an Amphibious structure, it can live on both earth and water. Shaped by the winter tides and emerging as a landmark between the reeds, it connects the sky and the water. The materiality references the nautical heritage of Reedham Ferry, the underwater ruins created by the sea, and the micro-fluorescence appearing in them. We do consider those lives, lichens, and patina as essential languages for our art piece.


The curved light metallic structure climbs to the sky and interacts with the water at high tide, creating visually enchanting reflections. People are invited to interact with it, following the bioluminescent walkway, which glows at night. The vertical elements gently guide the walk, undulating in the wind, echoing the reeds on the horizon. The tides from the river modify the material, adding patina and oxidation as a performance of colour or a maritime ruin.

This observation device invites visitors to contemplate the season’s changes on the River Yare. The project explores natural phenomena thanks to the symbiosis between the tides, the structure, and the reeds: it offers a multi-sensorial and cyclical experience. Reeds are soft green in the warm months and golden in the cold season; their feather-like flowers are purple and silver. Winter tides mirror the artwork, vanishing the line between the land and the water. 


Our hope is for the Iron Reef to be a community and an environmental machine: changing through time, shaped by water, plants, animals and humans.


Maetherea Cristina Morbi, Aurora Destro

‘Places are poetic. They grow and change, influenced and inspired by the people that pass through them.

Because of this, our works are interactive. They are made to approach, touch, sit and engage with.

Actions change our sculptures, trigging light, sounds, echos. Rain, Wind, Sunlight, and unpredictable interactions create a new landscape of interactive responses.

In this way, we make the work, but they are completed by the human community and natural agents they come into contact with.

This creates a symbiosis between art and its environment.’

Maetherea {Matter+Ethereal} is an multidisciplinary creative practice guided by artistic duo Cristina Morbi and Aurora Destro. Working internationally on Environmental Design and Public Art, it aims to create sustainable landscape design and public art. Our work couple renewable resources with technology to create spaces that changes through time, unifying performances of the matter with natural and artificial phenomena.

We create Time-Based Iconic Design and Art installation working on the interaction between human and nature, continuously evolving in new scenarios.

We believe urban spaces and public art is not a sequence of objects, but rather a choreography of performances, jointing the sculptural perception to experiential design. In this way, we focus on the narrative: the story behind a place and finding a new and creative way to celebrate this.