Underpass artwork to be unveiled

Date Posted:30/03/2017

Unveiling of the ‘The Tree Colonnade, Ode to Helmut Jakoby’ artwork in the Fishermead/Oldbrook underpass to celebrate Milton Keynes’ urban heritage on the Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary.

As part of the “Underpasses: connecting people connecting places” project, On The Verge will unveil the last of two new underpass artworks on Friday 7th April at 2.30pm in the Fishermead/Oldbrook underpass off Boycott Avenue next to the play area under Saxon Street. Free refreshments and cake will be served at the underpass, attendance is free and all are welcome.

The Tree Colonnade is a newly created artwork by RARA, a cooperative of artists and architects, as part of On the Verge’s Underpasses – Connecting People, Connecting Places project. The artwork is an ode to Helmut Jacoby, an illustrator who produced architectural perspectives in the early days of Milton Keynes planning. These images brought to life MKDC’s vision of a city submerged by trees.  After 50 years, the real trees have grown and are now mature. The installation presents mural panels displaying drawings of those trees as a celebration of nature and infrastructure merging together.

Two interpretation panels within the underpass itself will be in permanent display. There will be an opportunity to view OTV’s two children publications: ‘Travelling in Time’ and ‘MY MK’, as well as the Heritage trail leaflets.

On The Verge worked in partnership with local residents, artists and project partners: MK Council, The Parks Trust and the MK City Discovery Centre, to enhance two underpasses that link the original CMK estates, with an aim to collectively create a more positive identity and instil greater pride and ownership.  The Heritage Lottery Funded project has commissioned the artists’ collective RARA  early on to work with local residents on the transformation of the Conniburrow/Downs Barn underpass, and now this month, the Fishermead/Oldbrook underpass.