I have so enjoyed placing Simon Tyrrell's 'suite of signs', walking through the beautiful churchyard and Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Signs can be found at the Norman Tower, in the churchyard, the Abbey Ruins, gardens and Abbeygate Street.
A suite of signs to help address community’s abiding concerns about the insidious privatisation of public space, drawing primarily - as authority requires - on the contemporary lexicon of what’s considered material in planning decisions – the ‘visual amenity’ of land on which development is inappropriate except in ‘very special circumstances’ where ‘benefit outweighs harm’.
After Ian Hamilton Finlay I borrow from Heraclitus’s cryptic wordplay of opposites, as well as his own take on Poussin’s reflections on the arcadian idyll, on which we inevitably trespass and in which much of all kinds can be found.
I also celebrate the inadvertently pompous irony with which cultural custodians typically police access to their assets.
Simon Tyrrell is a writer and artist whose work celebrates the customary ways that people have presented and protected their community, and made sense of the relationships, time and space they share. He’s a founder of The Museum of Futures in South West London and is a member of PoPoGrou. He has performed and exhibited work at venues and festivals across London, in Bristol and Rhodes and his debut poetry collection, Presently, was published by Kingston University Press in 2022.
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I am an artist and the curator for grove and groving. This blog is groving online, and records the artworks placed on the streets of Bury St Edmunds along with responses to the work by commissioned writers.