Eggebert & Gould
Eggebert & Gould
Untitled, 2006 - 2012
HS Projects were appointed art consultants by Gazeley Properties in 2006 to draw up a public art strategy for a ground breaking eco-friendly development. We worked in collaboration with the developers, Milton Keynes Council and English Partnerships in devising the public art strategy, artist brief, and artist selection process for the main commission.
Following an extensive selection process of internationally acclaimed artists, Anne Eggebert & Polly Gould were commissioned in November 2007 on the basis of their concept that referenced the architecture of the monumental business distribution park with the experience of driving around Milton Keynes, a town screened by trees and embankments. The artists developed their design for two sites, one within the development itself of a square of densely planted silver birch trees and a gateway sculpture of a prefabricated structure surrounding a square of silver birch trees. The sculpture was designed to be animated by RGB colour LED spots to cast shadows of the trees against the translucent polycarbonate panels of the encasing structure. The lighting system was designed to be controlled by various weather sensors to react and reflect the local weather conditions. All materials to be sourced from either recycled or recyclable components.
In 2009, Eggebert & Gould’s scheme was presented to the stakeholders who gave their approval and instructed the scheme to be prepared for planning. To date only half the scheme has been completed with the planting of the square of silver birch trees within the development.