Finzels Reach is a large scale city centre mixed commercial development regenerating a four acre city site in Bristol.
This project began with art plan development in 2005 and the establishment of a creative partnership with Tania Kovats as lead artist. An ambitious commissioning programme has since been developed establishing a cultural identity for the site.
Artists are currently being commissioned for the first phase of projects at Finzels Reach. These include Office for Subversive Architecture (OSA) who are working in collaboration with Studio Myerscough to develop a creative concept for wayfinding and street furniture throughout the Finzels Reach development. Their designs are inspired by the site’s historical use as a sugar refinery in the late 19th century. Their imagery is derived from the crystalline shapes and colour of sugar cubes and icing sugar patterns. This has been translated into street signage embedded into the paving, seating, street furniture and patterns on the paving which adhere to the ‘sugar cubes’ grid pattern.
Jennie Savage was appointed to make ‘Counterslip’, an artist’s film aimed at capturing the site throughout its history. As part of her research Jennie spent time at the local records office and on the site, and met with the archaeologists who have been investigating the site’s history. The film is a meditative piece intended to be screened to an audience on site wearing headphones, so that the audio (comprising Jennie’s voice) communicates directly to the listener and viewer without the interruption of external noise.
Artists are currently being shortlisted for a major landmark artwork at Temple Cross, the crossing point at the heart of Finzels Reach. A further project, Waterfront Traces, is planned for the site’s water frontage.
Office for Subversive Architecture (OSA), Jennie Savage