Sarah Taylor’s works are impactful and visually monumental in that their physical presence is assimilated immediately, the detail and internal relationships acting on and confirming the first understanding.
‘Objects Flown I – IV’ were installed on the route to the lounges at Heathrow Terminal 2 departures and were made from plastered impressions of actual lost and unreclaimed property at the airport. These gold-leaf embossed works became icons of remembrance to the abandoned items and lives of their former owners.
We commissioned ‘Objects Flown I – IV’ as part of the BAA Art Programme in 1996. The works were installed at Terminal 2 Pier 2 Corridor until 2016.
HS Projects was appointed by Gazeley Properties in 2006 to devise a public art strategy as part of the commissioning process for a ground breaking eco-friendly development for the Nova Business Park, Milton Keynes. We worked in close collaboration with the developers, Milton Keynes Council and English Partnerships in developing the public art strategy, artist brief and artist selection process for the main commission.
Following an extensive selection process and a shortlist of internationally acclaimed artists, Anne Eggebert & Polly Gould were commissioned in November 2007 for 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, a square of densely planted silver birch trees within the development itself and a cinematic gateway sculpture 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 were 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 the scheme remains unrealised with only half the scheme completed with the planting of the square of silver birch trees within the development.
In 2005 HS Projects began an annual collaboration with Shacklewell Primary School that ran for four years bringing professional artists to run workshops in support of the school’s arts programme, contributing to the school being awarded an Arts Council Award.
Each project was focused at a specific age group. For the first project, Year 6 was identified in collaboration with the school and the selected artist, Anna Sherbany, to support the children’s impending transition from Primary School to Secondary School. For ‘Me, Myself and I’, Anna Sherbany used photography as a tool to encourage self-esteem, develop self-image and promote a sense of belonging. The project was both child and group centred, encouraging individuality and group interaction.
The children photographed each other using compact cameras and were encouraged to take photographs out of school exploring their own ideas and environment, with the outcome compiled into individual photograph albums. Identity and representation issues were explored through carefully staged studio self-portrait sessions in which the children chose a character, a part, perhaps a personal fantasy, whatever they wanted to be at that moment. The project aimed to empower the children to develop a ‘visual voice’ through photography and image production, as well as learn how to use a camera and frame a photograph.
‘Me, Myself and I’ was commissioned by HS Projects and funded by the Insight Community Arts Programme (2002 – 2015).
The project ran from July to December 2005.