Inspired by nature with a focus on a diverse and abundant wildlife
FrancisKnight was appointed to produce an overall Public Art Strategy for Conningbrook Lakes and to deliver a public art programme for both the residential area and the country park.
The former quarry site at Conningbrook Lakes underwent a multi million-pound development of 300 new homes in a lakeside setting, together with the improvement of facilities at the country park to support its existing water-based and running-track leisure facilities.
FrancisKnight appointed and collaborated with Lead Artist Kerry Lemon to assist with the delivery of the client team’s design and place-making aspirations and to help discharge a public art requirement as set out in a planning condition.
The resulting Public Art Strategy ensured consistency of approach and a unique identity for the site whilst maintaining value for money and effectiveness for each stage of the project.
Artists Tim Norris, Julia Clarke and Outdoor Studios were commissioned to create work to celebrate the unique environment of Conningbrook Lakes with a particular focus on the diverse and abundant wildlife. Tim Norris’s sculptural bird hide for the DWELL commission will be installed in early 2024.
Julia’s willow sculpture, The Loop, was installed in October 2021 for the EXPLORE commission and was located by the water’s edge at the entrance to the village lakeside.
Julia’s accompanying sculpture, The Birds, was installed in July 2023 and comprised of seven ‘birds’ elevated from the land as if in flight. The large-scale willow sculpture was situated at the entrance to Conningbrook Avenue by the main lake. A press release was issued by Chartway Partnerships Group – read more here.
A further commission INTERACT took place alongside the projects. This temporary art programme engaged local schools and park users in workshops and supported the main commissions as they were developed.