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Wolverton Walk

Background and Brief

Wolverton is a Victorian railway town, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Julia Manheim was appointed as consultant artist for town centre improvements and to devise a town trail which would highlight points of interest around the town and encourage people to come into Wolverton. Residents were also keen to promote Wolverton as a town in its own right, as distinct from Milton Keynes.

Scheme

Phase 1

  • Worked with Hyder Landscape Architects on town centre improvements
  • Feasibility study for Wolverton Walk in consultation with local residents
  • Preparation of a report and recommendations

Phase 2
Design, fabrication and installation of terrazzo paving insets, which mark out a short walk (approx. 2.5km) around the town. Each walk marker is inlaid with ‘Wolverton mix’, fragments of discarded objects in a variety of materials, for example: toys, building materials, buttons, toothbrushes. The idea was to re-cycle everyday objects in such a way that they became like fossils or jewels. Some of the markers are also inlaid with text which highlights an existing building, or recalls something which is no longer there.

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Wolverton Walk marker terrazzo inlaid with aluminium and plastic / Julia Manheim

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Wolverton Walk marker terrazzo inlaid with aluminium and plastic / Julia Manheim

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Wolverton bulbs / Julia Manheim

Wolverton Walk

Client /

Wolverton Partnership, Wolverton & Greenleys Neighbourhood Council and Wolverton Society

Project /

Wolverton Walk, Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

Date /

1999-2001

Budget /

£21,500

Further Info /

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