18-29 August

The Seven Spires installation by Steve Messam will come to life on the Oxford Canal outside Braunston.

Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in the north of England. With his site-specific installations, Steve Messam sets visual accents in rural or urban settings, which include historical relics and vacant architecture that make us perceive the familiar environment in a new way. He is also interested in space: the interaction of art and audience within confined and open spaces, the role of aesthetics and the physical experience.

Steve Messam has worked around the world, but is best known for his pieces in Cumbria and for being the man behind FRED РEurope’s largest annual site-specific art festival. His works have included filling a beach with thousands of sandcastles and paper flags (Beached, 2007), throwing a bubble over a redundant building in the North Pennines (Landscape Bubble, 2006) and a line of giant balls made from hundreds of red umbrellas in the heart of Shanghai (Souvenir, 2006).

Steve has a particular interest in the cultural reference points inherent in the work of artists living in rural communities and exploiting the assets of landscape, agriculture and community for challenging the preconceptions of contemporary rural arts practice.

More details on the Seven Spires installation will be made as soon as confirmed. You can see a virtual fly-over of what the installation will look like here:

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