Part of the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham. Snow Hill – via Bull Street and Corporation Street to Stephenson Street, Birmingham 2016
Centro, in partnership with WERK, sought expressions of interest from West Midlands based artists to create public artwork for four large cabinets situated near tram stops, in locations along the new Metro Birmingham City Centre Extension.
Juneau Projects were selected by Centro & WERK for the commission. The artists have made work looking at the very early history of the Birmingham area, taking influence from the stone age, bronze age and Anglo-Saxon period. The work is interactive, allowing visitors to see a series of animations that bring the paintings to life when viewed through an augmented reality app on a phone or tablet.
From earliest evidence of human activity in the stone age, through the bronze age and the Anglo Saxon era, objects were made by the people who inhabited the land that the city of Birmingham now occupies. Juneau Projects are interested in the human impulse to make things that improve our lives and surroundings, whether they are artworks or tools or a combination of both. The hand painted animations that appear via augmented reality on the platform cabinets will depict scenes of artefacts being made in the three time periods, from stone tools and bronze objects to Anglo-Saxon artefacts like those found in the Staffordshire Hoard.
The artists feel that the relationship between the very earliest goods and artefacts, made during these three time periods have a relationship with Birmingham's industrial heritage and celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of the region, both in the past and today.
Juneau Projects are Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth. Who have worked together since 2001 and are based in Birmingham. Their work involves the use of a variety of media including painting, sculpture, music, animation and installation, often in collaborative and site specific ways. They have exhibited nationally and internationally with institutions such as PS1, New York; Eichigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan; Tate Britain, London; and British Art Show 6.
For more information about the artists please visit http://www.juneauprojects.co.uk/
WERK and Centro would like to thank everyone for submitting proposals for Platform 3, it was a difficult decision for the panel and we hope to create more opportunities for artists in the future.
WERK shortlisted five artists for the panel below:
Geoff Inskip CEO, Centro
Paul Griffiths Director, Centro
James Aspinall Director, Centro
Stuart Evans Metro Project Director, Centro
Chris Haworth, Metro Project Manager
Andrew Wayro, Planning & Regeneration Birmingham City Council
Councillor Kath Hartley
Councillor Roger Horton
Susan Bridges Public Relations, Centro
WERK would like to thank Ross Whatmore (Zahoot) for being part of and supporting the shortlisting process, and we are looking forward to working with Zahoot Design & Print again!