Harlow Art Trust has launched a new website and digital map at www.sculpturetown.uk, making Harlow’s unique and growing urban sculpture park of over 100 public artworks more accessible at a time when, now more than ever, communities need safe and easy access to high quality art on their doorstep for free.
The mobile version can be used in real time to help find your nearest sculpture, mark sculptures as visited. It also has three curated trails to follow, if you have an hour, an afternoon or a full day. It also hosts a comprehensive sculpture collection catalogue with new photography by artist James Smith as well as stories that bring the sculptures to life. It features a bespoke display font by Harlow-born typographer Paul Barnes.
In 1953 Harlow Art Trust set out with a mission to beautify the post-war New Town of Harlow by commissioning, purchasing and siting sculpture across its public space. Its founding members believed that public art should be more than mere decoration: it should be part of the fabric of everyday life and owned by the people who live and work around it.
Today Harlow is home to an exceptional and growing collection of over 100 public artworks, a dedicated visual arts space in the heart of the town centre, and a growing community of people passionate about its sculptural heritage with ambitious plans for the future.
“The vast majority of Harlow’s unique public sculpture collection can be enjoyed outside 365 days of the year. It is perfect for socially distanced viewing. There is work here by artists ranging from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to rising talents such as Nick Hornby. Harlow, a new town, was designed at a time in post-war Britain when the relationship between art and the public spaces we shared was radically re-thought. Emerging from lockdown, this idea of art in the open for everyone feels alive and newly relevant. Summer 2020 will be a fascinating time to explore Harlow Sculpture Town”Chris Snow, Chair of Harlow Art Trust
The website was made possible with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Harlow Council and Essex Heritage Trust. It was developed by Twelve Studios. Graphic design is by Fraser Muggeridge studio in collaboration with Snootie Studios – an emerging Harlow-based design studio. Film sequences are by the artist Nick Smith.