CURRENT DESIGNS VITREOUS ENAMEL artwork 1.
This artwork will probably be located at the start of the route. As previously discussed one of the overall theme of the artworks is that of 'Postcards'. This artwork has a postcard layout and the main imagery is based upon 'Manga' imagery, another of the chosen themes. The imagery also relates to worldwide pedestrian walking signs.
Postcards are an artefact of travel. One travels from one place to another for recreational purposes and sends a 'positive' message back to the place of origin or to friends and family, informing them of the place one has visited in the form of a postcard. These postcards often show pictorial key places of that area. Sometimes they present something more obscure, or even a clue to the place whence they have come. Often the postcards refer to moments in history of that place or include references to communities, families or individuals who have lived there. Postcards often become mixed with family photos and can rekindle memories in quite a random and obscure manor.
The theme of postcards could act as a catalyst to express key memories or key places that instil a sense of pride for residents of Salford. Family photos of previous generations could be incorporated in some way to express a sense of achievement in how a family has made Salford their home and the route possibly themselves or their parents have made to arrive there. In exploring this theme we enter into the realm of family trees and genealogy.
In short, a postcard could come to represent something that is not just a message or picture that travels from one physical place to another but something that crosses generations and memories.
Extract from Tom Pearman's original project strategy.