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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/11662
Title:
Camelot
Authors:
Cornford, Matthew
Other Titles:
City Limits, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Abstract:
For a group exhibition titled City Limits, we chose to invite reflection and debate on the physical and social boundaries which often determine the patterns of city life — in this case by denying people access to some small, neglected fragments of public urban land. Although the site we chose marks the entrance to Hanley town centre, it was defined only by three irregularly shaped patches of grass, flanked with sloping brickwork and cut off by traffic on either side. Rather than using a public art commission to superficially enhance the site, we decided to make an intervention which would engage with the very conception of ‘Public’. By reinforcing the boundaries of these grass verges with an excessive display of authority in the form of steel security fencing we allowed the public to see, but not to walk on the grass, raising the status of the land through its enclosure. In the context of the contemporary debate around security and access within town centres, Camelot explored the political notion of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ in which resources not under private ownership fall into neglect. The project title, Camelot, refers to the phenomenally successful United Kingdom National Lottery, an institution on which many artistic and cultural projects are becoming increasingly dependent for money. The Lottery organisers’ choice of ‘Camelot’ evokes a mythical ‘golden
Issue Date:
1996
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/11662
Additional Links:
http://www.active-media-solutions.co.uk/sadrae/mcornford/docs/camelot_1996.htm
Type:
Image
Language:
en
Description:
Steel palisade security fencing Albion Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Appears in Collections:
Art, Society and Environment

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dc.contributor.authorCornford, Matthew-
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-08T16:30:50Z-
dc.date.available2007-05-08T16:30:50Z-
dc.date.issued1996-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/11662-
dc.descriptionSteel palisade security fencing Albion Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Englanden
dc.description.abstractFor a group exhibition titled City Limits, we chose to invite reflection and debate on the physical and social boundaries which often determine the patterns of city life — in this case by denying people access to some small, neglected fragments of public urban land. Although the site we chose marks the entrance to Hanley town centre, it was defined only by three irregularly shaped patches of grass, flanked with sloping brickwork and cut off by traffic on either side. Rather than using a public art commission to superficially enhance the site, we decided to make an intervention which would engage with the very conception of ‘Public’. By reinforcing the boundaries of these grass verges with an excessive display of authority in the form of steel security fencing we allowed the public to see, but not to walk on the grass, raising the status of the land through its enclosure. In the context of the contemporary debate around security and access within town centres, Camelot explored the political notion of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ in which resources not under private ownership fall into neglect. The project title, Camelot, refers to the phenomenally successful United Kingdom National Lottery, an institution on which many artistic and cultural projects are becoming increasingly dependent for money. The Lottery organisers’ choice of ‘Camelot’ evokes a mythical ‘goldenen
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dc.format.mimetypeimage/jpeg-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.active-media-solutions.co.uk/sadrae/mcornford/docs/camelot_1996.htmen
dc.subjectUrban green spaceen
dc.subjectCity lifeen
dc.subjectPublic spacesen
dc.subjectHanleyen
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectPhysical boundariesen
dc.subjectSocial boundariesen
dc.subjectStoke-on-Trenten
dc.titleCameloten
dc.title.alternativeCity Limits, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Englanden
dc.typeImageen
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