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chettles mounds and opal

landscaping Chettles Yard, Nottingham

Diatomica, Chettles Yard,



gateway sculpture

"The final sculptures are inspired and informed by microscopic examination of the diatoms and micro-organisms from the River Leen which flows through this dynamic recreational space. The audience is connected to the natural resource of water and celebrates biodiversity, it uses environmentally friendlier materials and continues the artist's  long term interest in diatoms and water born micro organisms. Bio City laboratories provied facilites for observing the water samples


Four 1.7 metre high sculptures will be located on a landscaped entrance which involved collaborating with Robinson  landscaping to develop concepts to unify sculpture and landscaping.  The artist developed miniature grass esrthworks with shapes inspired by diatoms and other organisms to inform the landscaping and to create a visually sympathetic landscape for the artwork, landscape and sculptureare to be  integrated as one piece.  Throughout the research and development period photographic documentation, drawings, models and environmental experiments and projects were carried out.

Client: OPAL Construction in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Value: £90,00

Dimensions: 4 sculptures 1.7 x 1.7  m

Material: Jesmonite and stainless steel/ integrated landscaping and street furniture

Date: 2011

Design team:

Lewis Hickey Architects

CAD images: Gareth Cain and Jackson Woolley

Robinson Landscaping

Nottingham City Council

Proposed new fabricator Richard Arm Casting About NTU


Project Management NTU

Stella Couloutbanis

John Newling

Terry Shave

Student: Lucy Broadhurst




Images from artist's design development stages

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