Denman & Gould Studio Visit

‘a space’ arts are currently working on two public art commissions with Denman & Gould.

Their proposals were selected from Open Calls for the public art commissions at Cumberland Place in Southampton (known as Southampton Crossings), and at Valley Cottages in Winterbourne Abbas.

Russell Denman and Eleanor Goulding invited ‘a space’ along to their studio in a converted chapel in rural Dorset to see the progress being made on the two projects.

The first to be installed at the end of March is their proposal for a series of bird pods and insect homes at a development of affordable homes by Stonewater at Winterbourne Abbas in Dorset.

The sculptural bird homes are being carved from solid oak sourced from a nearby saw mill and are being finished with a range of differing textures. These will then be installed onto powder-coated steel supports and will reference the seed pods of native flowers used in the landscaping. A number of bug hotels are also being built and installed alongside these.

Taking inspiration from the designs the local primary school is also getting in on the act. The entire school will be taking part in a range of workshops with Denman & Gould including making their own bird feeders. Both aspects of the proposal were influenced by the site itself, with the rural setting on the edge of a small Dorset village attracting a range of wildlife.

Meanwhile Denman & Gould are this week starting to pour bespoke concrete paving for their commission at Southampton Crossings. The 1,300 handmade triangular slabs will include a several made from coloured concrete. Each set of colours in the tessellating work will depict a different constellation viewable from Cumberland Place, a site that once housed an 19th Century observatory. All the moulds have been precision engineered to the exact fraction of a millimetre needed. The paved area will be punctuated with a number of taller concrete blocks that act as perching seats. The final work is due to be installed this summer.