Roman public art installed

The first piece of public art was recently installed at Great Western Park, a 3,300 home urban extension to Didcot, Oxfordshire. The artwork is one of 29 pieces planned for the 180 hectare site.

The artwork is located on the site of a former Roman Villa farmstead which was discovered during the archaeological investigations associated with the development and is based on a Roman farmyard scene.  The work makes up a section of the railings surrounding a large recreational area that was designed by Allen Pyke.  The panels were fabricated by the artist to match the park railings and used a Roman mosaic theme to shape farm animals and plough in metal work.

Allen Pyke provide a representative on behalf of the developer to sit on the Public Art Steering Committee for the Great Western Park, which is led by the District Council, and were involved with shortlisting, interviewing and making the final selection of the artist, Steve Tomlinson.   Allen Pyke then worked closely with the artist to realise his final vision for the artwork and were on site at the installation.