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Anjou Close Public Art Commission

24th August 2017

Castles are like Stables, Anjou Close Public Art Commission

Throughout July and August, we’ve been working on something a little different in the studio, where some beautiful curves and text have been shaping up in the workshop!

We’ve been working in partnership with ‘a space’ arts, Southampton and Stonewater Housing to produce a public art piece commissioned for a new small housing development called Gascony Place. The artwork has now been installed in Anjou Close under a beautiful old oak tree, in the Bearwood region of Bournemouth.

Anjou Close, like many of the surrounding streets, is named after a historical location with strong links to the crusades. Taking into consideration this link to the crusades and to the region of Anjou in France the artwork was conceived to take the form of a large wooden pennant, with reference to those depicted in use during the crusades.

The Pennant was designed and constructed in our workshop using oak, and to achieve the tight curves we made our own in-house laminates. We wanted to give the piece an element of lightness and movement, so therefore constructed the form from ten individual sections that taper at one end.

The inlaid poem was written by Amy Lloyd and inspired by the story of the Crusades, and expertly hand-carved by Sarah Goss.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone involved in this project.

Project commissioned by ‘a space’ arts.
Funded by Stonewater Housing.

Image: Alex Batten 'a space' arts.

Pennant installed on site. Image: Alex Batten ‘a space’ arts.

‘Drenched in teeth from royal mouths
their castles filled with dogs and foxes.
A queen amongst poultry, rinsing her fingers, and retaining the self-possession of position

A friction that itches at kings
though they wrap themselves in blankets, even on the battlefield and gather up the teeth of foxes

Palms upon the battlefield
mid honey hives and toothy trees
and castle floors spread with straw,
dogs and foxes all.’

Amy Lloyd

Image: Alex Batten 'a space' arts

Pennant installed on site. Image: Alex Batten ‘a space’ arts.

Dry run outside the workshop before final installation.

Dry run outside the workshop before final installation.

Positioning text, oiling and Sarah Goss hand-carving in the workshop.

Positioning text, oiling and Sarah Goss hand-carving in the workshop.

Edward Johnson's original design drawings for the Pennant.

Edward Johnson’s original design drawings for the Pennant.

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