Woodside Link road - art projects
Central Bedfordshire Council has commissioned artist Bettina Furnée (link opens in new window) to produce a public art scheme as part of the Woodside Link road construction project.
Together with sound artist Dr Marcus Leadley (link opens in new window) she is producing two large-scale roadside image and sound compositions, one facing Sandringham Drive and the other on the new road itself, created by using field recordings from Houghton Regis and Luton.
Bettina will also establish a community orchard on the site which will contain further text- and sound-based art works.
Anthem for the Road is a sound and image composition. It will be painted as a blue sound wave on the wooden acoustic barrier over a stretch of 800 metres on both sides of the Woodside Link. The painting will represent a sound composition created using local recordings. Many local people have contributed to Anthem for the Road by recording their own favourite local sounds, using mobile phones or other devices. You can listen to contributed field recordings from Houghton Regis and Luton on our SoundCloud page (link opens in new window).
March of the Pedestrian is a companion piece to Anthem for the Road, and will be painted as a sound wave on the steel sheet pile retaining wall facing Sandringham Drive. The geometric design will be painted in five colours along the 160m long wall, and will create a false perspective and horizon. It will be based on a two-minute sound composition made up of local recordings.
The sound compositions will be available as free downloads and on CD.
Due to be planted next to the Woodside Link later in 2016, the community orchard will contain apples, pears, plum and mulberry trees. There will be four timber picnic tables displaying recipes sent in by local people.
In future years residents will be able to pick fruit from trees and bushes, take a photo of the ingredients and method on their phones, then make the dishes at home.
Residents wishing to share their recipes can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.