The Wasteland Sculpture Park: A book project by Beth Bramich

14 Apr 2014 | Rebecca Beinart - Nottingham, England

Text by Beth Bramich.

The Wasteland Sculpture Park

A Collection of Proposals for Derelict Sites

The Wasteland Sculpture Park proposes a repurposing of wastelands as common ground to form

a network of sites for public sculpture.

Wastelands are often perceived as valueless gaps in the urban environment. Having fallen out of

their official use, their purpose becomes undefined and their legal status can similarly be unclear.

But in this transient state these spaces can have great potential. From the unclaimed borders

between neighbouring office blocks to vast swathes of ex-industrial scrubland, these virtual

no-man’s land can act as a place in which common needs can be met, whether these be for

something as simple as a shortcut or as complicated as a space in which to consider what could

be there instead.

The Wasteland Sculpture Park attempts to provoke reflection on these complex sites through

gathering a collection of proposals for new sculptural interventions, from the enactable to the

fantastical.

This model is put forward as an alternative to the traditional notion of a sculpture park. Rather than

an open-air museum displayed across landscaped lawns, The Wasteland Sculpture Park occupies

multiple sites and responds to their specific contexts. Sculpture here is conceived as an openended

catch-all for physical intervention, the park as a space which exists across borders and

outside of restrictions.

The proposals gathered within this book include the temporary, the ephemeral, the monumental

and the quietly transformative. Dispersed across the globe these sculptures engage with the

paticularities of their site, drawing out histories, current functions and possible futures.

Contributors: Alex Head, Alice Gale-Feeny, Jeff Baker and John Harris, Balsall Heath Academy of Contemporary Art, Simon & Tom Bloor, Matthew Boynton, Lauren O’Grady, Georgie Park, Felix Proctor, Rebecca Scofield, Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, Turf Twinning: Lawrence Bradby and Jevan Watkin Jones,

Hannah Ziolek

This book was commissioned by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham. It was first presented at exhibition Recreation Ground, The Attic, One Thoresby Street in 2013 and subsequently shown at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham as part of Since 1843: In the Making in 2014.

 

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