Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) hosted a launch for their commission for artwork to be shown at the Siemens development at Green Port Hull.
ABP Projects Manager, Humber Laura Morrish and ABP Engineering Manager Paul Hatley gave a presentation laying out the size of the plan for the development which will cover 57 Hectares, the equivalent of 130 football pitches, and will see 7.5 Hectares of land reclaimed from Alexandra Dock.
The site will include a facility for the manufacture, assembly, testing shipment and on-going maintenance of offshore turbines which will be more than double the size of the wind turbines that we see inland.
The commission for HSAD is for 6 sculptures that will be placed along a public right of way at the north end of the site which will be placed on concrete plinths which are 2 meters in diameter and raised 450 millimeters.
There will also be 3 exhibition boards measuring 5.9 meters by 2.9 meters and 4 information boards.
Students from HSAD are expected to come up with their individual design ideas. The students will visit the site on 9th February and will have time from March to May to work up their designs before issuing them on May 8th.
A review panel will choose the design on 26th May and students will then have June to October to produce final designs and then October to March to actually prepare the artwork before it is installed in April 2016.
There was also a presentation from Spearfish, who students will work alongside if their design is successful. Spearfish were started in Manchester as a small artistic company but these days are internationally known for their institution of the Eurocultured Festival and the artistic workshops they offer which are delivered all over Europe.
After the main presentations and a short break there was a split into 5 break out groups to facilitate candidates with information they need regarding the work space and what is expected of them.
The themed break out groups included themes of Project Purpose, Benefits and Spin offs, Place and Site, Material Scope, Connections, Audience and Interaction and Ephemeral Pieces.
After about half an hour the break out groups came back together to give their feedback which included discussion about potential artwork, artists maybe working together and about research needed like a public consultation with the residents of Victoria Dock who will be affected by this installation.
ABP also provided drawings of the plans for the development and also stats and facts such as the fact that they handle around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade and contribute £5.6 Billion to the economy.