Signposts serve to organise the understanding of urban landscapes, but in doing so the signs in themselves become incidental objects of public art. Headington School’s dense campus provides a great opportunity to explore this dual quality of the sign. By taking the student’s own experiences of the school grounds as a starting point, the students in this workshop will design a new object for way-finding to be placed outside the Art Department.
The workshop explores way-finding systems through concrete casting and teaches the students mould-making construction and preparation, as well as the pouring and reinforcement of cast objects.
The final sculpture of the workshop explores two spaces; the theatre and the trim trail behind the sports fields. One, a very public space, the other, a secretive space, known only to the students. These two way-finding designs sit side by side structurally supporting each other in the courtyard space outside of the art department.