from whitby

from whitby

approaching the artwork from whitby direction

 

you are here

you are here

shot of the completed artwork

 

step into me

step into me

shot of the completed artwork – part of the poem by john w clarke as a result of talking with users of the cinder track

 

sixteen and a quarter

sixteen and a quarter

shot of the completed artwork

 

shadow

shadow

shot of the completed artwork

 

listen

listen

shot of the completed artwork – part of the poem

 

leaves within leaves

leaves within leaves

shot of the completed artwork – repeat of part of the poem

 

robin hood’s bay

robin hood’s bay

shot of the completed artwork, names of the original stations on the line and the distances to them. we’ve considered a design that could …

 

one quarter

one quarter

shot of the completed artwork, waymarker for the scarborough end

 

bye

bye

shot of the completed artwork, recycled glass glinting in the sun

 

wet

wet

rain stops play. the base layer of tarmac partially added.

 

that way

that way

circle of poetry and ‘counterweight’ in place waiting to be grouted. here you can also see some of the wayfinding directions that are integral to …

 

grout

grout

 

examine

examine

adrian taking a closer look

 

round and round

round and round

the circle of poetry nearing completion.

 

line of poetry

line of poetry

laying out the poem

 

glass bridge

glass bridge

detail of mirrored glass strips being fixed in place separating waymarker ‘woodland ravine bridge’ from the main design.

 

overview

overview

progress at the end of tuesday – over a third of the central strip in place.

 

stuck on u

stuck on u

the first slabs get stuck down.

 

laying out

laying out

first day with the slabs on site. laying out part of the design to be fixed in place. all that time making jigsaws as a …

 

foundations

foundations

 

round & round

round & round

site meeting today with the contractors and matthew smartt from the council to discuss positioning of the artwork. the centre circle is already cut and …

 

it has begun

it has begun

the contractors start on site. this quick snap at about 3.45pm shows the use of the area by school pupils, shoppers and dog walkers.

 

…rough

…rough

this is the largest lettering on the artwork with some letters being made up on 4 large paving slabs.

 

one quarter in two halves

one quarter in two halves

wayfaring marker. we’re really pleased at how the larger wayfaring lettering and mile markers are quite subtle and have an organic feel – they seem …

 

poetry in motion

poetry in motion

laying out the poem. in the actual artwork the poem runs the full perimeter of the circular design but we didn’t have space here so …

 

code

code

there’s a numbering scheme to ensure the design fits together correctly but we’ll be on hand for installation too as it’s something of a jigsaw …

 

receiving a ticking off

receiving a ticking off

the paving slabs were delivered before christmas but with the bad weather this has been our first opportunity to take a look at the etched …

 

walk this way

walk this way

directional/signage elements of the design are filled with a coloured resin to stand out in the artwork. the original design had all the lettering done …

 

etch-a-sketch

etch-a-sketch

the etching process. this is the lower half of the ‘B’ from scarborough. clockwise from left: we requested the paving slabs have the top surface …

 

a shadow of doubt

a shadow of doubt

a shadow of doubt is cast on the installation date. the contractors now predict january/february 2010. photo of the feet/legs/shadows of adrian, rachel and rebecca …

 

a cut above

a cut above

glass strips being cut to the same width as the etched paving slabs to act as an edge that will reflect light

 

see a fraction

see a fraction

close-up of how the central part of the artwork will look. the lettering is etched into the paving slabs to show the recycled glass centre.

 

etched

etched

ashley of etch-it sent through some pics of the etching in progress. really pleased with how they’re looking. current date for installation of the finished …

 

lightbox

lightbox

it felt a little bit like christmas today when, with a wintry chill in the air, a box full of solar-powered stud lights arrived at …

 

whitby

whitby

the patterns in the largest lettering are a safety feature to try and avoid the ‘tramline’ effect with bike tyres and prevent large areas of …

 

stick

stick

the final paper model for the artwork being assembled

 

setting

setting

the setting of the poem taking shape at the electric angel studio

 

roundel

roundel

another photo from the research day at the railway museum. these lovely luggage labels show how the LNER understood visual identity. they also struck us …

 

to the letter

to the letter

montage of photos taken at the national railway museum researching typography that would have been seen on locos and carriages travelling on the line and …

 

chalk

chalk

impromptu site visit to make final decision on colour and gauge the scale. we ended up roughly chalking the size onto the tarmac – really …

 

poem

poem

john clarke has given us the completed poem. here’s a little to whet your appetite

 

wheels

wheels

weekend users of the old railway line. on-site poetry workshop 29-08-09

 

and the stanza was this long…

and the stanza was this long…

poet kate evans pauses from pedal power to share some word power with john. on-site poetry workshop 29-08-09

 

hoodies

hoodies

good job we don’t demonise people wearing ‘hoodies’ here – one is a local resident and the other is our resident poet. on-site poetry workshop …

 

just passing through

just passing through

the irony wasn’t lost on us that on turning up for the third poetry workshop we discovered that our stencilled graffiti advertising the sessions had …

 

what’s your view?

what’s your view?

taking in the road bridge, old railway line passing underneath and looking over to neighbouring housing. on site poetry workshop 28.08.09

 

a load of bollards

a load of bollards

website URL spraypainted onto soon-to-be-removed street furniture to enable users of the line to follow progress of the project. on site poetry workshop 28.08.09

 

sunny on the other side

sunny on the other side

on site poetry workshop 28.08.09

 

thinking…

thinking…

on site poetry workshop 28.08.09

 

in your shoes

in your shoes

rachel, taking photos at the poetry workshops on 19th & 21st august, thought that the varied fotwear said a lot about different uses of the …

 

grow your own

grow your own

the old railway line is used as an access route to local allotments – this has to be considered in choosing materials for the surface …

 

tour de scarborough

tour de scarborough

poet john clarke working with a group of users of the old railway line. on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

and what does the dog think?

and what does the dog think?

on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

re:cycle

re:cycle

on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

group thinking

group thinking

on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

one man and his dog(s)

one man and his dog(s)

on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

how’s it going?

how’s it going?

andy sharpe of the friends of the old railway line passes by to see how the poetry workshops are going and give a few words …

 

over there!

over there!

on site poetry workshop 21.08.09

 

clip clop

clip clop

john and participants in poetry troll mode under the road bridge. 19.08 on-site poetry workshop

 

swing by and give us some words

swing by and give us some words

john and some of the 19.08 workshop participants pose at the play area adjacent to where the artwork will be

 

circle

circle

19.08 on-site poetry workshop

 

poetry please

poetry please

john talking with users of the track. 19.08 on-site poetry workshop

 

we saw, we came

we saw, we came

the stencilled invites attract a good sized group of eager participants keen to ‘give us a line’. 19.08 on-site poetry workshop

 

stopped in their tracks

stopped in their tracks

local residents stop to read the newly pained invitations. they’ll have chance to influnce the words that make up part of the final design of …

 

ta-da!

ta-da!

stencilled invite to the poetry workshops when scarborough-based poet john clarke will work with whoever turns up/passes by to generate words and thoughts that will …

 

stomp

stomp

first stencil done and local kids come over to take a look. ‘can i stand on it?’ we tell them what the project’s all about …

 

hairspray

hairspray

the first advert for the poetry workshops about to be stencilled onto the track

 

cutting the stencil

cutting the stencil

cutting out lettering to make a card stencil for spraypainting invitation to the poetry workshops

 

close up

close up

detailed view of paving sample showing recycled glass content.¬† the glass is recycled and made into slabs on shetland by eco award-winning¬† enviroglass, a social …

 

follow the yellow brick road

follow the yellow brick road

new colour samples of the paving arrive. the ‘cream’ is more of a mustard yellow and much more vibrant than we expected. prompts a re-think …

 

or…

or…

photographing an etched and filled sample of paving in the sun to see if we got the kind of sparkle we were hoping for with …

 

steam

steam

printout of proposed size of lettering engraved into paving for the poetry element of the design

 

shine on

shine on

photo taken of new artists impression taking shape on computer screen. shows how lighting and glass inserts between the paving would make the area more …

 

typography

typography

working on the main typography on computer. at this point we’ve decided on etching as the method of creating the lettering in the paving – …

 

divide and conquer

divide and conquer

dividing up the lettering into standard-sized paving slabs to work out costs for the project

 

working out

working out

working out how exactly we embed 12ft tall letterforms into the fabric of the track

 

scale

scale

rough sketch of the design onto scale drawings supplied by scarborough borough council. having had our concept accepted we had to prove we could deliver …

 

this way, that way

this way, that way

acting as signage and waymarkerthe design lists the main points along the route. it’s been designed so that the same approach could be used at …

 

more words

more words

unused concept of words continuing under the bridge

 

shine a light

shine a light

detail from the submission – the area at night with solar lighting installed

 

an idea

an idea

original concept created as part of the competitive submission. at this stage we wrote some mock poetry ourselves to show how it might work int …

 

snap

snap

approaching the site from whitby direction. rachel on the right of the pic taking references photos

 

under the bridge

under the bridge

looking towards the site form under manor road bridge. we also developed idea for how poetry could run along the top of the retaining wall …

 

the site

the site

site of the proposed project – junction of the old railway line and paths linking woodland ravine, peasholm glen and manor road

 

initial ideas

initial ideas

an early idea using lengths of railway line with etched lettering and glass inserts to mark the cucle path