Public Art at Eddington
Rooted and integrated in Eddington, the Public Art enhances the sense of place in the neighbourhood, sparking interest and intrigue amongst all.
Art in landscape: Winter & Hoerbelt, Fata Morgana Teahouse and Pixel Wall
Located in Brook Leys, two sculptures – a giant mirrored wall and a steel pavilion blend into the landscape. Both artworks allow you to look at Eddington differently; either with a mirrored surface that causes the reflection to appear and disappear in the shifting light, or see an elevated view Eddington through shining steel mesh.
The underpinning narrative is of the ‘wanderer’, someone who journeys without destination or purpose but instead is focused on their perception and experience of their surroundings; the view, sounds and scents – we invite you to be the wanderer!
Colour and community: David Batchelor, Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
In front of Storey’s Field Centre in Community Square stands a vibrant and colourful artwork. Locally sign-posted as “Quidditch”, a nod to Harry Potter, seven giant discs become brightly lit with LEDs at dusk and light up the evening sky.
Catch the lights for long enough and you’ll notice they act as a rudimentary clock, At any one point a disc will show a single colour, but over the course of an hour it will slowly move through the entire spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – returning to its starting colour on the hour.
Fiona Curran, Bright Shadows Point
Emboldening the courtyard of Turing Locke, local artist, Fiona Curran, has taken her inspiration dually from century-old artefacts excavated from former settlements in Eddington – including Roman, Medieval and Anglo Saxon using research from Cambridge Archaeological Unit, and also by photography of the solar eclipse taken by astronomer, mathematician, and physicist Sir Arthur Eddington. Watch more on Fiona’s inspiration and the research that the piece is rooted in here.
Yelena Popova, Ripple-Marked Radiance (after Hertha Ayrton)
Inside Storey’s Field Centre, this tapestry celebrates human invention, exemplified through a reading of the work of pioneering scientist Hertha Ayrton. The energy of the ripple, lightwaves and electrons that were Ayrton’s tools of work form a powerful metaphor for the energy of a new community at Eddington. Ayrton herself, whose courage in pursuing scientific research in a largely male-dominated field, provides inspiration for young women to think of science as a career for them. It inspires and reflects a place of community and collaboration at Eddington.
Ruth Proctor, We Are All Under The Same Sky
Located at the University of Cambridge Primary School, the work describes the idea that we are all under the same sky, no matter where we are on earth. The artwork is embedded into the fabric of the building, utilising the glass cloister circling the interior courtyard of the school as its canvas. Each glass panel is imprinted with an image of the sky taken from locations around the globe. Under the main entrance to the courtyard the glass is deliberately left clear so school users can be under their own sky in Cambridge.
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