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Photograph: Phil Wilson

 

Nils Norman: Open Assembly No.1: Loughborough. Insects, Worms, Mushrooms, Birds and Students


“Open-Assembly No:1. Loughborough. Insects, Worms, Mushrooms, Birds and Students” was a prototype for an outdoor public discussion space. A social structure that bought together birds, insects, worms and students all under one roof.

Nils Norman has in recent years been developing a series of temporary public sculpture prototypes that reflect his interests and research into education, play, public space, work, and the environment. For Loughborough he expanded on his investigations into the design of outdoor work/play spaces for the creative classes, creating a meeting and discussion space that offered a situation where new associations between a variety of local actors could be explored. These actors included birds, insects, mushrooms, worms and students.  The sculpture incorporated design elements from defensive street furniture, the ecology movement, protest camps and middle class British garden.

Nils Norman works across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. His projects
 challenge notions of the function of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Informed by local politics and ideas on alternative economic, ecological systems and play,
 Nils’ work merges utopian alternatives with current urban design to create a humorous critique of
the discrete histories and functions of public art and urban planning.

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