Good public art enhances the quality, variety and richness of the built environment and public spaces. Whether it is through free standing pieces of art, or artworks integrated into buildings or other structures, art can enhance the experience of visiting public spaces and places. It can help create a sense of identity, provide landmarks to help find your way around and promote civic pride for residents, visitors and workers in the borough.
Public art and the planning process
Public art can already be seen in many parts of Bracknell Forest and this has invariably been secured through the planning process.
The council has adopted a public art strategy, which sets out our policies on public art. It provides guidance for developers about commissioning public art and information about the council's decision-making process.
Public art in Bracknell Forest
A number of public art commissions have taken place in Bracknell Forest over the last 50 years, starting with the development of the New Town.
Between 2009 and 2010 Eleanor King and Johanna White helped the council to find out more about public art in the borough whilst studying at the University of Reading.
In 2010, Angela Kingston from Artpoint used this information as a starting point to interpreting the following art works. To find out more information on each, please follow the links below:
- Arena Sundial (PDF, 82kb) by Joanna Migdal and Edwin Russell
- Man of our Time (PDF, 56kb) by John Ravera
- Sperry’s New Symbolic Gyroscope (PDF, 79kb) by Philip Bentham
- Constellation (PDF, 100kb) by John Ravera
- Obelisk (PDF, 78kb) by Alan Wilson
- Life (PDF, 49kb) by Lucy Glendinning
- Rubus Five (PDF, 83kb) by Simon Hitchens
Wild blue yonder
In 2009 Wild Blue Yonder, by artist Nicky Hirst, opened at Bracknell and Wokingham College. For more details and images please read the brochure called Wild Blue Yonder - A project by Nicky Hirst (PDF, 1055kb).
To find out more about the process behind Wild Blue Yonder please see A Case Study by Jeni Walwin (PDF, 80kb).