ON THE MAP
Project with Isle of Ely School, Cambridgeshire, encompassing a commission and ongoing collaboration with the students.
The commission was to create a new permanent artwork for the school in collaboration with the pupils, parents and staff. I worked with each different group to map the school, designing and modelling symbols for what was already there, and what they’d like to find there in the future. The map designs covered everything from playground furniture and wildlife to weather, remembered events and where treasure was located.
Everyones symbols and designs were collated into two maps, positioned at each entrance to the school. On one of these maps the symbols were modelled in fimo modelling clay, on the other they were painted. The positioning of the symbols differed between the two maps, and was based on where all the participants mapped the symbols in the workshops.
Currently I'm working with the school to expand the map into physical space, and develop sculptures for the school grounds that are based on the symbols the children designed for the map. This process is centred around workshops, which will determine how the project takes shape.
2016 - ongoing