“The community can be proud of their achievements, which will be here for today and future generations to be proud of ... we are delighted that these artworks have contributed a unique element to the regeneration of this area.”
Permanent Floor Scape and Bus Stop Artwork
Artist: David Mackie and Heather Parnell
Client: Vale of Glamorgan Council
Location: Cadoxton, South Wales
Services: Strategy development and commissioning
Working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council (VOGC), together with Cadoxton Primary School Children and Parents Group, Cadoxton Multicultural Voluntary Community Café and Cadoxton Youth Group, Studio Response commissioned artists David Mackie and Heather Parnell to deliver an artist-led engagement programme with local children, parents, and young people in the process of creating site-specific artworks for Victoria Gardens, in Cadoxton in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Inspired by the local flora and fauna found in Victoria Gardens and the local area, the artists worked with the community to make cyanotypes, the original sun-printing process and one of the earliest photographic techniques developed. Cyanotypes offer a creative way to make patterns through mark-making and these prints informed the artist’s designs for their bespoke central floorscape for the gardens, and a 2D cyan blue vinyl artwork in the bus stop adjacent to the gardens.
Councillor Lis Burnett said, “The workshops enabled a large number of people to get involved in the process of developing the design for the artworks. The community can be proud of their achievements, which will be here for today and future generations to be proud of. Cadoxton was the original town centre and we are delighted that these artworks have contributed a unique element to the regeneration of this area.”