Artist commissioned for Army & Navy development

23/01/2008

Turnstone Estates has commissioned artist Irene Rogan to undertake an elegant sculptural glass work to be incorporated into their new mixed-use development on Parkway, Chelmsford.

Turnstone Estates has commissioned artist Irene Rogan to undertake an elegant sculptural glass work to be incorporated into their new mixed-use development on Parkway, Chelmsford.

The proposed installation will take the form of an interactive light sculpture and will act as a beacon of light guiding contemporary 'navigators' to the site during hours of darkness. The work will use an image of the 'Large Megallanic Cloud' system captured by NASA's Hubble telescope and the artist will work with sixth form pupils from Moulsham High School to develop Chelmsford's own constellation to integrate into the final glass work.

The artist took initial inspiration from Chelmsford Borough Council's commitment to make the site part of a designated 'air quality management area' and based her designs to explore 'space' - looking upward and outward in a manner that is free of limitation. Irene commented: "The work connects environment and science reflecting Chgelmsford's ambition for regeneration in this area. The stars evoke a sense of awe and the proposed installation will reference the inspirational importance of the stars in the history of human development, mythology and scientific discovery." She added: "I really wanted to create a work that will help renew a sense of pride and ownership in the regeneration site by those people that live and work in the vicinity and who will be frequent visitors to the new amenities."

Chris Goldsmith, managing director of Turnstone, commented: "It's a real pleasure to work with an artist of Irene's calibre and to make a lasting contribution to Chelmsford which will be there for people to come and enjoy over many generations."

The artwork will be positioned within the pedestrian walkthrough of the mixed-use scheme which, when complete, will comprise an 80-bed hotel, let to Travelodge; 26,000 sq ft of retail/restaurant space in units ranging from 500sq ft to 10,000 sq ft and 12 residential flats, served by an 80-space car park.

The development, which is due to complete in summer 2008, will also incorporate significant improvements to the local highway. The site, acquired by Turnstone in 2005, previously comprised the former Army & Navy public house and J.Gard & Son timber merchants.

Chelmsford Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Building Control, Councillor Neil Gulliver, concluded: "We are delighted to respond to requests linking high quality artists with more developments in the area. Public art plays a big part in Chelmsford's Tommorrow Redevelopment Vision and we're pleased that so many developers are keen to work with us to achieve a unique sense of place."

 

Turnstone Estates Limited

Established in 1989, Turnstone is one of the most active and dynamic property companies in the south east of England.

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