ACTIVATING THE SPACE
Studio BAD have been working on concept designs for an artwork installation for Langton Park, Swindon. The artwork is designed to enhance and activate the green amenity space within a new housing development. The concept provides an element of seating and shelter, makes reference to the history of the site whilst also activating the space and creates a central focus for neighbours to gather and collectively use.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Avro Lancaster planes, which were flown out of closely located RAF Wroughton airfield during WWII (which is now occupied by the Science Museum National Collections), the artwork takes a simplified wing design used as a repeated element in the artwork.
An enclosure if created with the repeating wing form, standing 2 meters tall at their highest point, each wing is of slightly differing dimensions and placed at differing intervals around the parameter, to give an irregular and meandering rhythm to the space, while also ensuring clear views out and across the space. The wings are designed to give an opportunity to sit on, lean on, or sit within the space, one section of the enclosure has the wings laid down on their side for more inviting seating options.
We propose using CNC cut timber to make the wing elements, the robust material would be hard wearing and add an organic feel to the sculpture, in contrast to the wing design.