A. Spackman shortlisted to the final 5 of the Artists taking the lead/
Cultural Olympiad Arts Council scheme .
The Grass Covered Hill - A new
Landmark for people, artists and the region
The project proposes the building of a large
grass covered hill in the centre of Birmingham and programme it with an
eclectic set of artist led events/happenings/artworks/mini festivals/
educational projects running to the end of the Olympics in June 2012.
The hill is a new landmark for the region, dramatically changing the topography
of the city terrain. Being on it gives a sense of ascent above your normal
daily life and an experience of the city from a different perspective.
The hill is a direct response to the growing need to bring green spaces
into our cities, and prioritize ‘people spaces’ over ‘commercial
The hill is a ‘space’ for visitors to have experiences –
play, interact, explore, learn, laugh, share, discuss, socialise etc.
A place for real experiences and contact with each other and the natural
world rather than the virtual. For 6 months running up to the end of the
Olympics in June 2012 it is ‘animated’ by a programme of works
by regionally, nationally and internationally respected artists, art organisations,
creatives and educationalists. The theme of this programme is ‘Play’
and is intended to seed and generate a future legacy for the arts and
people in the region.
The hill also offers a unique chance for artists to bring their ideas
and work out into the open. Through a residency programme, it also offers
a platform and development opportunity for emerging and young artists.
‘A large interruption in the topography of the floor’
Evaluation from previous proposal process
• The hill is a ‘relational’ artwork - it is an artwork
of shifting experience
• It needs ‘context’ (a gallery space) as it’s
‘lightness’ is easily miss
judged/misinterpreted – it should be brought indoors.
• The hills form should be an undulating lump. This is the most
pervading image of a
hill that people have in their minds.
The work is a continuation of my interests in:
• Avoidance of specificity, the slippery object, the problematic,
work of shifting
• Oscillation in the ultra thin space of uncertainty
• Conceptual sculpture, text/writing, photography, sound/projection
• This work is part of a series ‘Play.
• Other series include: Foundation Stone and Book.
Play 4 – The Hill
• People are encouraged through media channels and business to focus
individual progress and attainment – the hill encourages
• Outward thinking and collective experience.
• Multi directional and ‘wasteful’ activity over target
• It is a simple ‘device’ for experience, that prioritizes
experience over the visual
• ‘Play’ creates a flickering space free from feelings