CAROLINE WRIGHT

Trumpington Meadows

Trumpington Meadows

Artist in residence

Trumpington Meadows is a new development on the edge of Cambridge where 1,200 houses and a country park will be created between 2012 and 2017. Once the location of the Plant Breeding Institute, the land has a rich history as a site of national importance. After the last war, scientific work here led to an increase in exports and greater self-sufficiency in food production.
As artist in residence on the site over a period of eighteen months, Caroline Wright has been commissioned to make temporary works, to work with the communities on the site as well as in the local area in addition to creating a permanent work for the first phase of building.
The first event, The Do, took people on a walk around the country park, taking in a series of temporary artworks along the route followed by tea and cakes. The artworks centred on home and community with a nod to the past through references to the history of the site.
Further work has included The Talks, a series of informative talks by four experts looking at the home and art, the home and gardens, the home and folklore and finally moving house from a medical perspective.
Trace has been conceived as the permanent work and will be installed as the building work progresses. Golden bricks, each gilded in 24 carat gold leaf will mark the intersection of the new buildings where they cross the locations of historical buildings of the Plant Breeding Institute.
Illustrated works include Neighbourhood ā€“ an installation of 1,200 windmills, representing the number of houses that will be constructed and Golden ā€“ a small 23 carat gold gilded house for everyone who attended The Do.
InSite Arts are the appointed as art consultants and project managers for Trumpington Meadows.
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location: Suffolk, England
email: carolinejwright@btinternet.com