Laurence Edwards

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Grange Farm, cycle path.  Kesgrave, Ipswich.  
Completed 2008
Commissioned by Mr & Mrs John Fenton.

This project sort to mark the building of a new housing estate on a green field site, by creating a series of sculptures that looked to the previous uses of the land.  Objects would be set against each other, to represent the present and the past. For example a horse and an engine would mark the passing of horsepower to the combustion engine in farming. A brick and a flint traced building materials. The series culminates in a bronze bird box (the local schools playground housed many such boxes) with a lens set inside it. When you looked through the nesting hole, you looked through a telescope which inverted the world. This rotated so the viewer could scan the sculptures, which would turn upside down offering an alternative reading, as well turning the estate on its head.

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