Timber and panel products distributor James Latham will support an initiative by Space, Placemaking & Urban Design (SPUD) for The Observatory, a “sculpture, a shelter and a look-out” that will reside in four different UK locations over a two-year period.
The project will adopt a tagline of ‘Look Out, Look In’ as artists will be able to look out at their surroundings while members of the public are invited to look in, meet the artists and quiz them about their creative process.
James Latham sales and product development director Paul Latham said: “The Observatory project has a strong educational element, engaging with universities, colleges and schools, plus it also has a strong environmental message too.”
The purpose of the Observatory project will be to encourage artists in creating a body of work connected to the varying locations with the work produced forming a showcase for each location.
SPUD’s principle associate Mark Drury said: “By its very nature, The Observatory will be theatrical, eye-catching, unusual and unique.”
The Observatory will begin its journey at the end of January and will sit at Winchester Science Centre for six months before moving to Lymington Salt Marshes in the New Forest National Park.
2016 proposed locations include the South Dorset Ridgeway and the River Tamar.
The project has been partly funded by the Arts Council England.