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AP1: Simon & Tom Bloor

Worked collaboratively - http://www.simonandtombloor.com/


Ideas of play and the urban environment

Making gallery into wasteland – areas pre regeneration – occupied by children – installed with living birth trees

Created proposals from unrealised public art

Fictionizing history of projects/objects

Explore existing public sculpture – patina and decay – integral to object – always meant to end like this


Ruins for Seven Acres  Permanent artwork, Great Kneighton, Cambridge, 2013





- Working with landscape architects –

- Sculpture asks as sound proofing – acoustic barriers - interventions in landscape – concrete climbing walls – play walls – climb and walk through – create fictional archaeology – future ruins – playful take on a ruin – inspiration from video games

Geometric shapes – what could happen in future? Lost architecture – how viewers interact walk through – floor plans – revealed archaeology

Explore vandalism – make sculptures look derelict



Supports for paintings –

Add gritty urban element

Scaffolding as painting support

Sandbags – dyed canvas filled with foam – barriers – created into a decorative object

Sculprues series of sculptural forms

Refer to objects made in studio – socul be exhibited indiependently of others

References the real world but includes elements of play



Cheap materials and plastic fencing – include mirrors to be glossy – created an immersive environment

Simple ways of creating spaces and architecture – colours reference back to minimalism – appropriated art history



Bluecoat Platform Bluecoat, Liverpool, 22 May to 26 September 2021

stage/platform space

involving workshops with kids – idea of making spaces – getting children to make maquettes – the different functions

concerns and considerations


exercises in making – aesthetic forms – looking at the way children made – how they cut objects – provides starting point for creating forms

postmodern Memphis inspiration

projects fabricated by other people – looking at ownership of the space


collecting objects to use as hanging sculptures – objects are repainted – formal titles to relate to structures – borrow titles creating something new with urban detritus – create something new

tension between gentrification and regeneration



Interesting ideas


Thinking of sculptural work in relation to fictional architecture – how it might make reference to historic sites, methods of making, materials and production in relation to architecture/places/urban areas


Links to my interest in urban detritus and found objects


Are their essays about this? – idea of fictional architecture – new ways of making – materiality



Defining my art practice


Interested in materials, the transformation of materials and the translation of imagery and materials and forms. Drawing upon urban landscape and found imagery. How we can question materials and draw parallels between object and language.


Fixity of language and image. How images can be translated in different ways.

Idea of transformation

how object, images and ideas can be transformed through a play with materials

Utilising found objects and ways of reimagining them, or using them to construct spaces and questions their relationship to different spaces.

Objects as artefacts, collecting and archiving objects purely based on their aesthetic values, a very immediate and visual interest in shape, composition, colour, pattern or surface texture. Through the process of collecting and displaying these objects are transformed and a relationship is established between other objects that may question their value, function or meaning.


Found objects exhibited in this way are allowed to be emphasised, taken out of their original context ….


Artwork is about found stuff, be that objects, images, text or sound and the ways in which I can transform, archive and recontextualise them.