Eastleigh Borough Council is celebrating Eastleigh's geographical beauty through artwork being installed on shop units across the town centre and beyond.
The installations have been created with local company, Studio BAD. Studio BAD is interested in the social value of how 21st century architectural practice can bring about positive community benefit through practice, education and research. Studio BAD is based in Southampton and is currently engaged in community and church projects in Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth as well as social housing and domestic projects in Bilbao, Scotland, London, Southampton, and the New Forest. Studio BAD is formed from a number of collaborators who cross a wide range of disciplines including; architecture, art, illustration and teaching.
Studio BAD have been collaborating with Amanda Moore on a set of new artworks to be applied to currently unused retail frontages in the town centre and Fryern Arcade in Chandler's Ford to enable them to provide more of a contribution to passers by. Amanda is a qualified architect and artist who has worked on a number of public art commissions.
The artworks are comprised of images taken along a route from Chandler’s Ford and down towards Netley and Hamble-le-Rice to the south to show the unique range of experiences in the Borough and allow visitors to find recognisable elements. One key colour from each image is used as an overlay colour, stretching from greens of rural areas into more urban reds/buffs of Eastleigh town centre, to the blues of the sea. The collages are overlaid with adjacent architectural motifs from the town centre including the bandstand metalwork and the tiling of the old Imperial Ballroom building.