Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) is delighted to unveil a series of bespoke nature inspired artworks that will be displayed throughout The Lexicon, when it opens its doors in September 2017.
Created by local artist, Kerry Lemon, the pieces reflect the amazing array of extensive green spaces containing a huge variety of natural habitats, flora and fauna that surround the town centre.
Wanting to make the artwork unique to Bracknell, Kerry who lives in Virginia Water, spent six months researching what plants and insects thrived in the area before considering what direction the public art might take.
“I wanted to introduce a feeling of ‘wildness’ to contrast with the buildings and formal landscaping,” says Kerry Lemon. “I wanted to create a clear sense of place, a thoughtful, relevant and recognisable response to the nature found across the borough and so I’ve designed a series of interventions, to create a distinctive and cohesive visual narrative through the area.”
She discovered that there are two types of soil in Bracknell, clay in the north and a more acidic soil in the south. Using the High Street as a virtual north/south soil divide, she choose 36 plants to reflect the different plants that grow in different areas of the borough.
Her drawings of these plants were first turned into wooden templates and then brass, to be inlayed into the dark granite paving slabs, creating a floral nature trail throughout the town centre.
The wildness theme is also extended into some amazing lighting features. For Eagle Lane, which will become home to all the new restaurants and cafes, huge brass drum lanterns will depict cut outs of edible plants.
While across the town centre, gobo lights, will reflect beautiful drawings of some of the moths found in the Dumbleton Collection which while housed at Reading Museum contains moths found in Bracknell.
The Lexicon will also feature five huge benches, each shaped as a birch leaf inlayed with brass to represent the leaf’s veins. Adorning each bench will be detailed representations of insects, such as a bee, stag beetle and butterfly, made from solid brass.
The benches which will be located in Bond Square and the intersection of The Avenue and Braccan Walk provide a fabulous place to stop, relax and catch-up with friends.
Simon Russian, development manager for Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, says: “Kerry worked closely with our architectural and design teams to explore ways to combine the urban environment of The Lexicon and celebrate the amazing green spaces found across the borough.
“Her work adds a unique and extra special touch to The Lexicon that we hope everyone takes time to enjoy.”
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, says: “Kerry has done a fabulous job of drawing on the biodiversity in the borough and bringing elements of it to life within the new town centre.
“She has worked with a number of prestigious clients, so we were really pleased that we were able to bring her expertise to Bracknell. Her passion and enthusiasm for her local area are reflected in the wonderful pieces of art she has produced.”