Junction 3: Public Art Interventions
Junction 3 is a mixed-use development in Easton, Bristol. It is a learning and resource centre for the local community and also re-homed a local library and a charity supporting single parents. Housing and spaces for commercial, office and community use are also included.
Willis Newson created a public art plan for the development in collaboration with Bristol City Council and GCP Architects. The arts programme engaged local people and built a relationship between them and the development.
Collaborating artists Davis and Jones were commissioned to offer projects and events throughout the construction process. These involved local residents, community groups and businesses in projects such as 'Tented City' - a temporary tent installation and 'Hats' where local residents knitted hats for the builders on the development.
Other artworks for the site were also created, including the Library of Ideas; a permanent artwork intervention in the foyer of the Junction 3 library building created by artists Davis & Jones between 2010 and 2012. The artwork consists of an installation of objects donated to the artists by the people living in the area around Junction 3.