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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Art & Design > Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE) > Art, Society and Environment > Camelot

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Title: Camelot
Other Titles: City Limits, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Authors: Cornford, Matthew
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
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
Type: Image
Language: en
Description: Steel palisade security fencing Albion Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Keywords: Urban green space
City life
Public spaces
Hanley
England
Physical boundaries
Social boundaries
Stoke-on-Trent
Appears in Collections: Art, Society and Environment

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