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Bicester Community Hospital

The art project is now completed on site with all the digitally printed panels installed.

I visited on Friday 14th November to review progress & the following images are taken from that visit.

External Landscape of the hospital - in progress

External Landscape of the hospital – in progress

Each of the 10 ward rooms has a variation upon a single design. This was achieved for both economy & to meet a very tight deadline.

Each of the 10 ward rooms has a variation upon a single design. This was achieved for both economy & to meet a very tight deadline.

The brief was built around the need for privacy in the rooms. Large glazed screens open up onto  a landscaped courtyard. Although these spaces are being planted with trees and some small shrubs, most of the space would be turfed. Patients, staff & visitors can still see out from the windows in the knowledge that their privacy was being maintained. Opaque and transparent layers with drawn & cut out detailing were created to provide some variation & changeability in the surface.

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

When the sun comes out, the shadows follow.

When the sun comes out, the shadows follow.

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

BIcester Community Hospital - artwork for glazed screens by Christopher Tipping

Detail: Section of digitally printed glazing vinyl installed.

Detail: Section of digitally printed glazing vinyl installed.

 

 

 

 

Southampton Station Quarter North

Thursday 13th November 2014 saw the last black basalt slab installed on Blechynden Terrace to complete the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork installation.

Left to right – Martin Miller and Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty, who have together installed all the 205 linear metres of the kerb edge artwork – which was manufactured and inlaid with text by Hardscape – along Blechynden Terrace and the forecourt of Central Station.

These were the brilliant guys on the ground who installed the Canal Shore works - Martin Miller & Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty. Image: Wilson Massie

These were the brilliant guys on the ground who installed the Canal Shore works – Martin Miller & Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty. Image: Wilson Massie

This almost – but not quite – completes the Phase 1 works for the Southampton Station Quarter North project being delivered by Balfour Beatty Living Places for Southampton City Council. This project is one of seven ‘Very Important Projects’ (VIP’S) & part of its City Centre Master Plan which will see one of Southampton’s most important gateways transformed into ‘an exciting arrival experience fit for a major city.’ 

Some more images of works in progress:

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Christopher Tipping, project artist on site -

Christopher Tipping, project artist on site –

Christopher Tipping for Southampton Station Quarter North

The text just visible along the kerb edge reads: 'this route was known as THE STRAND, 'strata super Strondham', ...the street by the shore...' Christopher Tipping

The text just visible along the kerb edge reads: ‘this route was known as THE STRAND, ‘strata super Strondham’, …the street by the shore…’ Christopher Tipping

The site, adjacent to the shoreline of the Test Estuary has always been a point of confluence. The main route West in & out of the city ran along the shoreline and was known as The Strand. At a point marked by Achards Bridge, which replaced an ancient ford across the Rollesbrook Stream which enters the River Test at this point, the city boundary with Millbrook was established.

Today this site is near to the entrance to Southampton Central Station. You may cross the Rollesbrook Stream yourself each time you visit the station. The station is the gateway to the city & a critical hub & interchange.

The individual lines of texts are to be set out adjacent to the carriageway on the south side of Blechynden Terrace at site specific points along the ‘Canal Shore’ feature kerb line, & reveal in their expression something of the history and use of the local area. It is not a linear ‘narrative’ and has no specific start or finish. It will engage with people as and when they encounter the words. Some words and phrases have their origin in fact and are ‘on the record’, whilst some is anecdotal and ‘remembered’.

Christopher Tipping for Southampton Station Quarter North

The black basalt has inset light grey granite. When wet - as today was - the contracts is at it's greatest.

The black basalt has inset light grey granite. When wet – as today was – the contracts is at it’s greatest.

The text on these slabs is part of the following line – ‘The historic shoreline was here in 1846…the north shore of the River Test Estuary’

The 1846 Large Folio Royal Engineers Map held in the Southampton City Council Archive, is wonderfully accurate & detailed. It shows the planned route out over the mudflats of the unfinished ‘Dorchester Railway’. The shoreline was at this time still north of this point, with the high water mark reaching to what is now, the southern footpath of Blechynden Terrace & Southbrook Road. The historic curve of the Bay here is thought to be a meander of the ancient Solent River system.  SCC Libraries & Archive

 

‘Lost: August Kenzler, Age 43, Storekeeper on the RMS Titanic lived at 21 Blechynden Terrace’

‘Lost: August Kenzler, Age 43, Storekeeper on the RMS Titanic lived at 21 Blechynden Terrace’

August Kenzler was lost when the Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. He was one of seven crewmen (from more than 720 from Southampton) who lived in the area bounded by our project.

John Henry Stagg – Steward – 1st Class – Lost – 66 Commercial Road

August Kenzler – Storekeeper – Age 43 – Lost – 21 (12) Blechynden Terrace

 Michael Stafford – Greaser – Age 37 – No 4 Southbrook Road

 Walter Edward Saunders – Trimmer – Age 25 – No1 Suffolk Sq (off Southbrook Road)

 Long – Trimmer – Age 28 – No 19 Sidford Street –

 William Logan Gwinn – Age 37 – No 4 Commercial Road

Bicester Community Hospital

13th November 2014 

The project was approved last week and the files went to print earlier this week. The last two days have seen most of the digitally printed vinyl installed.

Guardian Window Films have manufactured and installed the work at the new Bicester Community Hospital. This new hospital, which has yet to open has been commissioned by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust & was delivered by Kajima with construction partner Mansell with IBI Nightingale Architects. The artwork project was commissioned by Artscape 
for Oxford Health.

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Final Artwork – all black areas will print as clear

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Final Artwork – draft with production marks –

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Drawing / Model – Draft room plan and applied manifestations

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Detail: single panel installed – Image: Tom Cox, Artscape

 

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Image: Tom Cox, Artscape

Central Concourse – Musgrove Park Hospital

13th November 2014, Ramsgate

’70 years on…’ CENTRAL CONCOURSE SCREEN FOR THE JUBILEE BUILDING, MUSGROVE PARK HOSPITAL

I recently came across the work of the photographer, John Seaman, who had been commissioned by the main contractor for the Jubilee Building BAM to make a photographic record. Very lucky for me, that he has a great eye for catching the spirit & intent of the tensile artwork and its relationship to the building and interior space. ’70 years on…’ was a collaboration with Architen Landrell & VGL Vinyl Graphics  & was commissioned by Musgrove Park Hospital Capital Projects Office & Art for Life

 

'70 years on...' Tensile Artwork, Central Concourse, Jubilee Building.  Image: John Seaman Photography

’70 years on…’ Tensile Artwork, Central Concourse, Jubilee Building.  Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Detail of transparent layering of the tensile screen. Image: John Seaman Photography

Detail of transparent layering of the tensile screen. Image: John Seaman Photograph

The Central Concourse Screen ’70 years on…’ was created to celebrate the delivery of the Jubilee Surgical Building & the 70th Anniversary of Musgrove Park Hospital. The project was Heritage Lottery funded.

The work is presented as a digitally printed tensile fabric screen made of 26 individually printed panels. It is supported by a bespoke lightweight aluminium & stainless steel double-sided ladder frame 21m x 1.8m, which is itself hung from 3 steel supporting columns of the Central Concourse building. The design & manufacture of the tensile screen and its method of digital printing balance well with the content of the work & its evocation of the past to present a contemporary artwork in a 21st Century Hospital.

The artwork is presented as a landscape, which, other than at each end, where curved steel panels protect the structure, the artwork can be viewed as a continual narrative sequence. However, this is not a timeline or a linear narrative, which has to be viewed in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint. The observer can simply roll up at any point along its 42m length and begin a journey or their own.

Text was employed in the design as both an aid to the visual narrative & to emphasize the importance of the hospital’s archive collection in this 70th Anniversary year. It also recalls individual and collective voices from the last 70 years. The work done by Louise Donovan, an archivist working with staff and patients past and present to recall their experiences working here has been included in “Sensing our Past”. 70 years of Musgrove Park Hospital’, published in 2012

Words have been used to draw with, or to conjure up the dynamic energy of the hospital. It is presented in a variety of ways, for example, following the line of the Galmington Stream, which runs along the boundary of the Hospital, or as a gestural expression, such as the whirlwind vortex drawing, or a simple circle of fine white text.

They are an eclectic and often mis-matched set of words, evocative of half remembered memories, anecdotes and stories, (as opposed to reproducing hard facts and figures within a fixed timeline). There are perhaps more ‘distant’ voices from early in the life of the hospital, particularly from it’s wartime experience, but I feel this is the way with memory – recall is distant and suggestive of the ‘good old days’.

Some elements within the artwork are obviously and easily recognizable, such as the iconic Eisenhower Tree & Galmington Stream, whilst others are abstract and elusive. A great number of the references are archival in origin, such as the colours, which were influenced by boxes of medical artifacts, some in the original packaging.

Bunches of flowers appear from between the seam joints, which evoke the Lily of the Valley presented to HM The Queen Mother or flowers given by visitors, which were held in vases attached to columns in the Nightingale wards.

The photographic archive too, which contains hundreds of images of staff at work and celebrating events such as Christmas & retirements, as well as visits by Royalty, or the American World Heavyweight Boxer, Joe Louis and the entertainer Bob Hope, who both visited the Hospital during World War II.

My own personal experience of being a part of this Hospital community since 2005, when I was appointed Lead Artist on the 10 year Hospital development programme is also evident in magery influenced by past projects undertaken here.

 

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photograph

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman Photography

Image: John Seaman

Image: John Seama

 

 

‘Murmuration’, Jubilee Building, Musgrove Park Hospital

I have been associated with Musgrove Park Hospital since 2005, when I was appointed as Lead Artist for External Spaces, a role specifically commissioned to  influence the design process of the Hospital Trust’s 10 year development plan, particularly in regard to external landscape. It resulted in a Design Vision document issued in 2006. This project was managed on behalf of the Trust, by the Art for Life Co-ordinator, Bronwen Gwillim, with whom I collaborated  until 2012, when she left the post.

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The ‘Murmuration’ project, which has just been manufactured & installed by Taunton Fabrications is one element of a wider interpretive art project I made in response to the development & construction of the new Jubilee Building Surgical Unit for Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust at Musgrove Park Hospital.

 

This new build project was managed by Steven Power, Senior Project Manager, Capital Projects Office on behalf of Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The building was delivered by BAM Construction and designed by BDP Architects. It opened in April 2014.

I was commissioned for this particular project back in January 2010. The proposals for ‘Murmuration’, stood alongside other work I was asked to undertake on the project during this period which included:

 

The patterning, colour and proportion of the zinc panelled external elevations of the new building.

The 70th Anniversary Central Concourse Screen artwork, which certainly needs a better title than this ! See: http://christophertipping.co.uk/category/central-concourse-musgrove-park-hospital/

Hoardings artwork for the new building during its 2 years on site. Some images posted below.

Creative collaboration &  input into the E Tree Panel Project, which used the timber from the iconic Eisenhour Tree planted during WWII (which had to be removed to enable the new build) to create a wall based artwork for the interior of the building.

 

 

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The North West patterned zinc elevation with laser cut steel panels. Image: Taunton Fabrications

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The north west elevation and main entrance as seen from the adjacent graveyard. Image: Taunton Fabrications

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Bicester Community Hospital – draft artworks –

Bicester Community Hospital

We now have a schedule agreed and are working to issue draft artwork for comment and hopefully, approval by this time next week.

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Detail: draft artwork –

It was agreed that the principle we should follow is to develop a highly visual & primarily figurative narrative, which also provides a privacy screen between the users of the ward rooms and the external courtyards. The courtyard landscapes are brand new, with ground level put to grass and no planting at height to provide cover or privacy screening. This has however provided the opportunity to create a new and imaginary landscape, which bridges the gap between figurative and recognisable details and structures from the external landscape, alongside abstract and original forms and patterns found within the artwork.

The works are to be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl in layers of opaque and transparent white, with some added colour. The attention to detail will be focussed on a horizontal band across the mid section of the glazing screen to provide privacy. The top section will be left clear, so that uninterrupted views of the sky can be had. We are working closely with Guardian Window Film to manufacture & install the work.

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Detail: draft artwork development –

These images are simply the first steps in creating a visual language and narrative for the project. The artwork is being developed as a long rectangular landscape – as a view through a window – . Each of the 10 ward rooms – each with a window, will be detailed with a section of this work, to give the appearance that each room has a unique identity and view of its own.

Detail from sketchbooks

Detail from sketchbooks

Detail form sketchbooks

Detail form sketchbooks

Detail: draft artwork in black & white

Detail: draft artwork in black & white

The artwork draft above shows the printed artwork as shades and layers of opaque white. The black areas will show as clear glass in the final works.

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Detail: draft artwork – Mock up of vinyl application on the glazing screen in one of the ward rooms.

There are 10 small one & two bed ward rooms arranged in two ward blocks within the new hospital by Nightingale Architects. The rooms are full of natural light and the interior colour schemes are muted and calm, with the odd spot of brighter colour, such as the chair. The artwork manifestation will respond to this scheme. The views through the windows are now partially obscured, providing a degree of privacy for the user, whilst also maintaining sufficient clear glass to allow natural light and changing weather conditions to be seen.

Detail: Draft Artwork

Detail: Draft Artwork

Detail: Iconography has been developed for the project using drawings of leaves and branching structures to create original & imagined plants. These are not botanical illustrations, rather, an impression of a landscape imagined.

Detail: Iconography has been developed for the project using drawings of leaves and branching structures to create original & imagined plants. These are not botanical illustrations, rather, an impression of a landscape imagined.

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Iconography

Detail: Draft artwork for 3 x Chrysanthemums - various textures and transparencies

Detail: Draft artwork for 3 x Chrysanthemums – various textures and transparencies

Detail: draft artwork

Detail: draft artwork

 

 

Central Chelmsford – York Stone steps in progress

Works are well underway by the Ashfield Group to manufacture and supply the artwork step details to the project. The double height steps in York Stone are being inset with a darker granite text detail set into the face of the riser, which is part of the art interpretation on site. These double height steps will also have a slatted timber top, which creates ad hoc seating within the main sequence of steps at the southern end of the site. The timber will also carry cnc routed text.

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

Waterjet Cutting the stone (4)

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

The finished step block with negative text space awaiting granite letters to be inset. Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group

 

Central Chelmsford – artworks in progress

The timber seating units for The Gate – a set of 6 radius benches with cnc routed text – are currently being installed at the Central Chelmsford site. The benches are being manufactured by City Squared in Leeds & installed by Ground Control. The designs were developed in collaboration with City Squared.  The cnc routed text refers to the history, location and memory of the space & is defined by the adjacency of the Anne Knight Building, which has been refurbished & is considered the anchor building of the development site.

Plan drawing showing the arrangement of radius timber benches within the area known as The Gate.

Plan drawing showing the arrangement of radius timber benches within the area known as The Gate.

One of the benches in the factory during manufacture by City Squared.

One of the benches in the factory during manufacture by City Squared. Image by City Squared.

Detail: Timber sections set out in the factory. Note the cnc routed text.

Detail: Timber sections set out in the factory. Note the cnc routed text. Image by City Squared.

For engineering & structural reasons, the long arcs of the benches had to be constructed in two sections.

For engineering & structural reasons, the long arcs of the benches had to be constructed in two sections. Image by City Squared

Each of the benches has a timber upstand end against which one can rest or lean. The timber detail is reinforced with a stainless steel internal frame and horizontal steel pins.

Each of the benches has a timber upstand end against which one can rest or lean. The timber detail is reinforced with a stainless steel internal frame and horizontal steel pins. Image by City Squared

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The detailing is very well engineered and finished. Image by City Squared

The timber benches sit atop a brick built plinth, which mirrors the semi circular setting out of the site. The benches here have not be fully installed and fastened.

The timber benches sit atop a brick built plinth, which mirrors the semi circular setting out of the site. The benches here have not be fully installed and fastened. Image by Ground Control

 

 

Detail of cnc routed text

Detail of cnc routed text. The benches are constructed in two sections. The sections have yet to be aligned during installation. Image by Ground Control

Image by City Squared.

Image by City Squared.

 

Bicester Community Hospital

Wednesday 1st October 2014

I have just been commissioned by Tom Cox, Artscape Project Manager for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to create artwork for the new Bicester Community Hospital.  The new hospital is being delivered by Kajima & Nightingale Architects alongside Mansell Construction – now part of Balfour Beatty Construction UK.

Bicester Community Hospital - Image by Kajima.co.uk

Bicester Community Hospital – Image by Kajima.co.uk

The new works will be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl and applied to the glazed window & door screens of 10 ward rooms throughout the building.

Typical glazed integrated door & window screen for digitally printed artwork.

Typical glazed integrated door & window screen for digitally printed artwork.

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External view of ground floor elevation with glazed screens

External view of ground floor elevation with glazed screens

 

The work is being manufactured and installed to my designs by Guardian Window Film.

 

‘Heart of the Campus’, Sheffield Hallam University – Phase 2 Manifestations

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Yesterday the university client approved the Phase 2 artworks for the glazing artwork manifestations at the new ‘Heart of the Campus’ building for Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus.

The project was delivered by Graham Construction and HLM Architects.

The digitally printed glazing manifestation artworks will be manufactured and installed by VGL.

 

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VGL’s production artwork with annotations by the artist in red & blue –

 

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Phase 2 draft artwork with production notes –

 

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

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Phase 2 artwork draft in full –

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Phase 2 – Detail of artist draft –

 

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Phase 2 – detail of artist draft –

 

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Phase 2 – detail, artist draft –