Wednesday 21 May 2014

The Concept

The Concept for The Chilton Field Artwork

Tim Norris explains his ideas to the village on the 8 April 2014.
We met in a marquee for the second "Meet the Artist" consultation. There was a fantastic response from the village and Tim's ideas met with a lot of enthusiasm and debate.

Here are the two models, Design A and Design B
 for a Mini amphitheatre / Performance / Seating are.
We were invited to say what we thought.

Tim's Concept

The work for Chilton is inspired by its location: nestled between the Ridgeway (Britains oldest road ) and the state of the art science facility at Harwell.

"I am particularly interested in the circular shape of the Diamond Syncrontron with its beamlines and modern metal fa├žade. I have  combined these forms with inspiration from the historic world of hill forts and ancient earthworks found on the ridgeway"
The seating concept was inspired by this diagram of the storage ring.

The seating area itself is constructed from galvanized steel gabions  faced internally with Natural Cotswold stone. The gabion cages are lined on top with sawn oak decking for a tactile and durable seating surface .The Seating area reaches a maximum height of 1.5m
The gabions are sat upon a circular Sub base of approx  200mm thick drainable hardcore (subject to site survey)

Plan A is a low domed construction that is above the level of the soil.
It is a standalone work that can be positioned anywhere
we desire in the flat area of the field, exact location to be decided.

The Design B is the same seating area carved into the existing earth bank.
The top seats are level with the soil.

Everyone had their say and below is a transcript of the thoughts expressed on the noticeboard.
A for Away and for me – Great, thanks Tim
Model A – as it will be fun to clamber over
Fab ideas I think I like Model A to look at but Mobel B is probably more practical.
Model B
Model B – good that it is already a hill
Model B – it's more natural
Model B is my preference – like the idea of plenty of space for sitting around the edge.
Model B – it's very nice. I'ts already a hill and it has the opening bit to welcome people
Model B is nice and welcoming
Model B is lovely and not intrusive but needs to be seen from the road as it will be something that we are proud of! Thank you for your fabulous ideas.
Model B – Fits!
I think it needs to be in a prominenet place nearish the hall and as far away from the teenage "play area" as possible. We don't want it to be littered with cans every morning. We find quite a bit of teenage damage and littering on the Chilton villlage playfield.
Model B is my prefeence – being sunk into the ground makes an overall beautiful idea!
Model B is absolutely fabulous and I choose Oxford Stone! Thank you
Beautiful. I love them. Model B would be my preference. A terrific shelter form the elements.
Slight B favourite, both look great! I would like some wooden stakes around the edge to mark the location from a distance and draw you in.
B's for me – don't kill a tree.
We prefer B. Fantastic designs – well Done & v. exciting for us residents. Thank You. x
Model B – like the idea of it being recessed into the bank and not obstructing the view of overlooking the properties to the Ridgeway!
Location is ciritical and relationship with …(?) of local residents – also need to consider the location with location os any teenage facilitites and play equipment.

The first two photos are by Bob Girling, "Have your say" is by Lin and the images are from Tim Norris. 

Friday 21 March 2014

Thank you for your feedback 
and attending the Chilton Field Artwork
consultation in January.
our artist has now created a design for 
seating / amphitheatre and would like to share it
with you and hear your response.
Please join us on 
Tuesday 8th April 2014 
between 3.30pm and 8.00pm 
at the new community rooms on Chilton Field Way  
for afternoon tea - or a glass of wine.
To follow the progress of the artwork & designs

To contact the working committee
or write to :
Chilton Artwork Committee, 19 Latton Close, Chilton, OX11 0HY

Tim at work on one of his other creations

Sunday 19 January 2014

On Friday the 17th January the MEET THE ARTIST was a wonderful event and there was an excellent turnout of all Chilton villagers. Below you can see Tim explaining his approach to working within a landscape.

...and now meet some of the members of the Art Working Group: Hanna Leach, Mark Urso-Cale, Kate Hunneman and Sue Granger.

We all look forward to the next step...
Photos by Bob Girling (Thank you Bob for taking pics!)

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Meet The Artist

November 2013 - looking ahead...

Our chosen artist, Tim Norris has been awarded 
the designing of the artwork commission for Chilton Field.
The first village consultation is to view Tim’s art
 and have a drop-in chat time.
This is for ALL residents from Chilton
on 17 January 2014
between 3.30pm and 8.00pm at the Chilton Village Hall
for afternoon tea - or a glass of wine.

This is your chance to help define the sort of artwork
that you would like to have in Chilton Field.
If you would like to stay informed of 
the progress of the artwork please subscribe to: 
or view:
To contact the working committee
or write to :
Chilton Artwork Committee, 19 Latton Close, Chilton, OX11 0HY

November 2012
Chilton Village was promised money for an artwork for Chilton Field.
We began talking about it and set up a steering committee consisting of anyone interested in this project. People were invited to join via the Chronicle or this postcard which was popped through the doors of new residents. People were moving in all the time so Colin the Postman kept us updated as to who should be informed. (If anyone new did not get this it was an oversight!)

By June 2013 the committee had established what we envisaged:
 that the artwork should be:
  • High quality workmanship
  • Interactive
  • A meeting place
  • Encourage socialisation
  • A project that meets the approval of the village
  • Value for money and it should ...

  • Fit in with the landscape
  • Reflect the village history / roots
  • Bring both sides of the village together

August 2013
The project was advertised and  artists responded.

October 2013
Three artists were interviewed.
We are delighted to welcome Tim Norris as our chosen artist.
Please have a look at his website to see his portfolio of artworks.

November 2013
We have planned a "Meet the Artist" event at the village hall for 17 January 2014