A public art project using community art to form a new city centre performance and
As part of the redevelopment of Portsmouth city centre a new performance space was
to be created at a prominent intersection. The idea of a piece of public art that
formed some sort of canopy to mark the performance space was put forward by Portsmouth
City Council. Deer Park Alpha were appointed to work with the City Council because
of their capacity to bring art and architecture together.
The resulting design is a high level tubular space-frame skewered by discs of various
materials, translucent and opaque, reflective and matt, painting and images, some
created by the local community
Many of the discs open and close slowly in reaction to the level of light throughout
the day, and others spin in response to the wind. Creating an ever-changing kaleidoscope
of colour and shadows in the skies above and on the streetscape below.
The local community was involved by running a series of consultations and workshops
inviting local adults and children to submit paintings and designs for some of the
discs. Making this project will be a source of local pride and instil a real sense
We employed both Gifford as structural engineers and Selway Joyce as cost consultants
to develop the design with us.