Yesterday we visited the 'Heartlands' development at Pool near Camborne. We went to see an Interiors/vintage fair but had a quick look around Heartlands too. Definitely need another visit to explore properly! Really loved some of the textures on the metalwork art pieces...might try some rubbings next time on the David Mackie work?
MATTER OF TIME TOTEMS (NICKY NEATE)
This distinctive artwork at the centre of Heartlands goes against the grain of the ‘please do not touch’ approach often found in galleries. The twelve totem poles have two sides on each of the structures blank to allow visitors to add their own creative input to the piece.
Artist Nicky Neate worked with local school, Pool Academy to create the Matter of Time Totems which were crafted from 150-year old pitch pine wooden beams originally used at Holman’s of Camborne in the 19th Century.
Using discarded metal objects found on the disused mine at Robinson’s Shaft before construction of Heartlands had commenced, students worked closely with the artist to create a graphical alphabet with each object relating to a letter. Once the alphabet was complete, the students created a poem which was translated into these special hieroglyphics and turned into copper, steel and zinc stencils to decorate the totems.
Visitors to Heartlands will not only be asked to uncover the poem by decoding the symbols, but also be invited to graffiti the empty space on the totem poles, leaving their own distinctive mark on this inspirational new cultural space.
Seams & Veins by David Mackie
This art piece involves twelve Cornish granite boulders inlaid with bronze symbols and motifs representing the Diaspora counties where Cornish miners emigrated to including North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Entitled ‘Seams and Veins’, the boulders (originally sourced from Delank Quarry in Bodmin) also display a poem by Cornish artist and poet, Bob Devereux. This specially-commissioned work pays respect to the Cornish miners who “followed lodes across the globe”, taking their unique skills with them to make “fortunes mining the rand gold reef”.
The designs for the bronze motifs which have been inlaid into the granite boulders were created and inspired by local community groups including University of the 3rd Age, Redruth School, Pool Academy, Camborne Science and Community College, St John’s Primary School and Cornwall College, Camborne.
The Seams and Veins boulders are within Heartlands’ five Diaspora Gardens, positioned to follow the patterns of the mineral lodes running deep underground. The inlaid bronze on each of the boulders is an alloy of copper and tin, key minerals in Cornish mining.