Walpole Park Gosport

Entrance mosaic

Turning from the church I gazed across the lake beyond the field of fire towards the setting sun.

This mosaic and public art work was developed working with the artist Jan O’Highway from my design concept and nicely featured on her excellent  website.  janohighway.com/portfolio-item/Gosport

The form invites a person standing at the centre of the spiral text to turn around on the spot and enage with the history of the surrounding landscape.  I never tire of  watching people turning around on the spot ! A user is invited to imagine that they have been transported back in time to the 18th Century when they could turn from the view of the historic Holy Trinity Church, look across the cockle ponds ( now a model boating lake ) ,beyond the ‘field-of-fire’, i.e the flat open area outside of the town’s historic inner defensive ramparts, where attackers would be easy targets to gunfire; stopping to face due West to see the setting sun. It is located at  a new entrance to Walpole Park in Gosport town Centre en route to the redeveloped waterfront.

Project whilst employed at Gosport Borough Council