City Park

Project: Bradford City Park: Mirrorpool Public Art Installations
Location: Bradford City Park, West Yorkshire
Cost: £250,000 + VAT (Public Art cost from £24m overall
Landscape Architect: Gillespies LLP
Artists: Wolfgang Buttress and Usman Haque
Arts of Place Curator:  beam
Client: Bradford City Council
Site Programme: 24 months
Atoll Service: Public Art Consultant for Gillespies LLP on behalf of Bradford CC
Project Status: Completed 2011
Awards: Winner British Construction Industry Regeneration Awards 2012,
Lux Awards Urban Lighting Project of the Year 2012 and Academy of Urbanism The Great Place Award 2013

Ian Banks acted as public art consultant and curator for the new £24m Bradford City Park, acting for the city council and working for landscape architects Gillespies and Arup engineers. Curated public artworks included the 10 Reeds sculptural light columns and play sculptures by artist Wolfgang Buttress and interactive interventions with both the fountains and light projections called Another Life by new media creatives Haque Design + Research. Artist Usman Haque says:

“…the project brings the environment to life and plays on the idea of urban myths by controlling fountains, mist makers, ambient lighting and multiple RGB lasers that draw unexpected dancing patterns of light on and around visitors in response to their movements through it. Never the same on two days running, the work encourages people to become players upon the urban stage by choreographing the projections, fountains and ambient illumination of the park in a symphony of interactive urban experiences”

City Park has since proved to be very popular with both critics and public alike, and has already won the British Construction Industry Regeneration Award, Lux Lighting Award and Acadamy of Urbanism Award. Linked to this, Ian helped broker a separate but linked innovative temporary arts programme called Arts of Place, which was curated by beam with Arts Council England and City of Bradford funding.

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