Ginkgo Projects is currently working on the St Mary le Port Public Art Framework for clients Deeley Freed. The framework contains three key commissioning areas; two permanent physical projects and a range of temporary projects documenting the process of the development. Artists will be commissioned to collaborate with the design team, producing concept designs to be included in the final planning application. This project is at the commissioning stage.
St Mary le Port is located at the site of Bristol’s earliest settlement, at the point from which the city grew. It was formerly the physical and spiritual centre of the city. For many centuries St Mary le Port was a vibrant area with commercial retail and residential uses. This all changed during a bombing raid during WWII, when the church and the surrounding buildings were severely damaged. The post-war development of St Mary le Port has shaped the site’s current identity, albeit in an under used and semi-derelict state. The site and the church have become forgotten places, with little to indicate the rich history and significance of the area.