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‘The Loop’ public art installation

Tuesday 21st December 2021

‘The Loop’ public art installation

Artist Julia Clark has completed the first piece of public art at the Conningbrook Lakes housing development in Kennington. Westerhill In Partnership and Latimer Developments, together with Ashford Borough Council commissioned FrancisKnight Ltd to create a Public Art Strategy with input from the local community to inform the artists in their designs.

Three themes, View, Dwell and Explore were selected for different locations at Conningbrook Lakes, and the selected artists presented their designs for selection.

‘The Loop’, part of the Explore theme is the first piece of sculpture to be created and Julia has been working at the development, on the lakeside to complete the piece this month. Explore is about connecting the new development with the immediate landscape, it’s natural beauty and the flora and fauna around the lake.

‘I would like visitors and residents to want to interact with the sculpture and engage with the space. I want them to be physically uplifted and to be able to step and walk through the sculptures, and see through them framing various views of the lakes and the parks around them. The Loop is an abstract form, handwoven from large willows on a steel frame and is to entice you to explore further into the rest of the park’, says Julia.

The public art installations form part of the Section 106 for Conningbrook Lakes in agreement with Ashford Borough Council. Conningbrook Lakes new homes development stands at the northern end of the main lake with 300 new homes under construction by Chartway Construction, part of award-winning Chartway Group.

Cllr Matthew Forest, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure said: “Sitting at the entrance to the new Conningbrook Lakes development, The Loop Sculpture invites residents and visitors to stop and take a moment to enjoy the beautiful lakeside scenery, water and wildlife.

“The project recognises the important role artists play in contextualising new spaces and communities, bringing character and identity to enable a sense of belonging for residents and visitors alike.

“In addition, now more than ever, it reflects the importance of the natural world and our connection to it and how being in the natural environment can have a profound effect on our wellbeing.

“I am so pleased that this is just the first installation of a number which will be added to the development over the coming months for all to appreciate.”

Tim McLoughlin, Partnerships Director at Chartway Group says ‘We are delighted that the first art installation at Conningbrook Lakes and has been welcomed by residents. ‘The Loop’ really embodies the ethos of the scheme, embracing nature literally on your doorstep. These art pieces will be a place to stop and breath, feel the tranquillity of the surroundings and hopefully give our residents a lot of pleasure’.

Westerhill In Partnership and Latimer Development’s joint venture are offering a luxurious specification with all flooring, Italian designer kitchens by Stosa, tiles from Spanish brand Porcelanosa, sanitaryware from Roca, turf to rear gardens and all Kitchen appliances. Homes on the lakeside have an enhanced specification.

For an appointment to view the show homes and visit the sales office call Conningbrook Lakes sales office 01233 215 155.