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Barton Public Artworks

29/03/2010

Two projects to redevelop Barton Park

In 2009 Fusion Arts joined Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Barrett Homes as part of a commission by Playbuilder to integrate art within the new play ground development on Bernwood Road, locally known as Bonny Banks Park in Barton.

Artist Rob Turner worked with local school groups, youth clubs and family groups from the Roundabout Centre to produce over 50 mosaics, which were inlaid into reclaimed stone to form benches, gateways and other innovative paving features in the park and play area. The community project successfully linked the new housing development to the revitalised park area, as well as to previous public artwork on Underhill Circus.

The project was supported by funding from Barrett Homes in section 106 of the planning permission agreement.

Between 2008-2009 the artist Rob Turner worked with community groups in Barton to generate design ideas for public art pieces as part of the redevelopment of the play area.

Working with Oxford City Council’s Parks Department and Fusion Arts, Rob Turner used a stone that many Barton residents remembered from the old Bernwood School, and reused it to make the entrance, many of the focal features and the benches on site.

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