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A Grand Design – two young artists complete OS Head Office with a major new creation

07 August 2015

The last and stunning architectural element to Ordnance Survey's world class head office, opened in 2010, is being created right now and it’s a unique statement in the world of art and design for Great Britain’s map-makers.

Ed Carter and Nicholas Kirk’s creation “Cyclic & Continuous”, a permanent outdoor installation, is taking shape right now outside Ordnance Survey's front door. It’s set for completion in early September 2015.

Cyclic & continuous impression 1

The teams’ inspiration, they say, came from deep thought and insight in to the ways OS goes about its work.

“It’s all about how you look at capturing change”, Ed Carter says, “the pavilion-like form has been inspired by Ordnance Survey's perpetual endeavour at two very different speeds, observing gradual alterations in the natural landscape, and also mapping the far more rapid and frequent human interventions in the landscape”.

Cyclic & continuous impression 2

The duo have represented these two processes within the structure, creating a canopy using two sets of OS data, depicting both the topography, and the number of changes seen within the landscape for each part of the country. The piece, standing 4.6 metres at its highest point, casts a shadow representing a ‘sketched’ map of Great Britain, which will shift, break apart, and reconstruct over the course of the day.

Nicholas Kirk adds: “As an architect, I’ve worked with Ordnance Survey maps all my working life, but it has been incredibly exciting to approach their data from a completely different perspective.”

The title Cyclic & Continuous is taken from Ordnance Survey’s approach to implementing revisions and recognising the different rates of change occurring within the landscape.

Cyclic & continuous impression 3

Nigel Clifford, Ordnance Survey’s Chief Executive, says “the design is fascinating as it reflects our constantly changing landscape. The two designers Ed Carter and Nicholas Kirk are worthy winners of the competition which they’re now bringing to life.”

Test Valley Borough Council planners specified the creation of a public piece of art when they gave Adanac Park the go ahead and OS took up the challenge with Ed Carter and Nicholas Kirk winning a hotly contested design competition.

Arts Officer Faye Perkins, commented: “Test Valley Borough Council encourages the creation of public art in the borough that inspires and intrigues.”

Further info

Ed Carter
Ed Carter devises and creates interdisciplinary projects that are context-specific, with a focus on collaboration and process. He takes patterns, associations, rhythms and chronology, and uses these to form the structures of new site-specific structures and compositions. http://edcarter.net/

Nicholas Kirk
Nicholas Kirk is a fully qualified architect with over 10 years' experience working on arts and architecture projects around the globe. He creates installations, artworks and spaces that explore the everyday, microscopic details that make a place unique. http://nicholaskirkarchitects.co.uk

Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey is Britain's mapping agency. They make the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the country. www.os.uk

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