Art sculpture

First public art sculpture unveiled at Conningbrook Lakes Development

Published: 05/01/2022

As demand for homes with outdoor spaces continues to be a top priority for homebuyers, Latimer and Westerhill Homes, part of the Chartway Group, are proud to unveil the first piece of public art in their waterfront development. of ‘Conningbrook Lakes’ water in Kent, designed to connect the new community with its idyllic setting.

As part of the wider community development plan, joint developers Latimer and Westerhill Homes, in partnership with Ashford Borough Council, have commissioned local public art consultancy Francis Knight to develop an art strategy public, led by the local community to inform the design of the sculptures.

Three initial themes, ‘View’, ‘Dwell’ and ‘Explore’ were chosen, with the ambition that each be designed for a specific area at Conningbrook Lanes. Artists were then handpicked for their creative skills to design the corresponding sculpture.

“The Loop”, part of the Explore theme, is the first sculpture to be installed in the development. Artist Julia Clark has been tending to the site over the past month, putting the finishing touches on the sculpture designed to connect the new development to the immediate landscape, its natural beauty, and the flora and fauna around Lake.

Commenting on its design, Julia said: “The Loop is an abstract form, handwoven from tall willow trees on a steel frame meant to inspire you to explore the rest of the park further. I would like visitors and residents to want to interact with the sculpture and engage with the space. I want them to be physically edified and able to walk and walk through the sculptures, and see through them framing various views of the lakes and parks around them.

Councilor Matthew Forest, holder of the culture, tourism and leisure portfolio at Ashford Borough Council, added: “Sitting at the entrance to the new development in Conningbrook Lakes, The Loop Sculpture invites residents and the local community to stop and take a moment to enjoy the beautiful lakescapes, water and wildlife.

”The project recognizes the important role artists play in contextualizing new spaces and communities, bringing character and identity to enable a sense of place for residents and visitors. Also, now more than ever, it reflects the importance of the natural world and our connection to it and how being in the natural environment can have a profound effect on our well-being. I’m so happy that this is just the first install of a number that will be added to development over the next few months for all to enjoy.

The Loop in close-up

Conningbrook Lakes is a new collection of stylish modern three, four and five bedroom homes in Conningbrook National Park, a popular family nature reserve on the outskirts of Ashford, Kent, with lakes, ponds, woodland and meadows. Every home in Conningbrook Lakes is built to high specifications and rigorous quality standards, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and durability to lower heating bills. All the houses also have their own gardens and have parking, either off-street or in barns, and many enjoy lake or countryside views.

Tim McLoughlin, Director of Partnerships at Chartway Group, said: “We are delighted that the first art installation in Conningbrook Lakes has been well received by residents. “The Loop” truly embodies the philosophy of the program, literally embracing nature at your doorstep. These works of art will be a place to stop and breathe, feel the tranquility of the surroundings, and hopefully give our residents lots of enjoyment.”

Sam Truman, Regional Sales Manager, South East Region, Latimer concludes: “We are delighted to be working with Julia Clark on this first piece of public art, which will serve as a fitting landmark for Conningbrook Lakes. This striking sculpture will help give the lakefront its own distinct character, which over time will add to the other elements of the public art program we have planned.

Prices in Conningbrook Lakes start from £300,000 for a two-bedroom mallard-style house. For more information, visit www.conningbrooklakes.com or call 01233 215 155.

Article courtesy of Westerhill Homes