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Adrian Moakes
Catching Air | Public Sculptures by Adrian Moakes | Brookdale Park in Manchester
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Catching Air - Public Sculptures

Featured In Brookdale Park, Manchester, United Kingdom

Adrian was commissioned by Manchester City Council to create a sculpture for a new BMX/skate/scooter park in Newton Heath. He worked closely with the Neighbourhood Regeneration Team and the Friends of Brookdale Park Community Group, then developed the design proposal in art workshops at Briscoe Lane Primary School and two local youth centres.

True to his long-standing belief that as many local people as possible should be given the chance to be involved in such projects, Adrian then set up an open-air exhibition of the design proposals and consulted all the park users who came over to have a look, including dozens of young people enjoying the new skatepark facilities.

Fortunately everyone loved the design and many of the young people came back to watch the sculpture being installed. The sculpture captures the movement of a BMX ‘catching air’ as it takes off from a quarter pipe – a 3-dimensional stop-motion action sequence that echoes the exciting stunts performed in the park.

Dimensions: 3.25 x 1.3 x 1.5 m (h x w x d)
Materials: Welded, galvanized, treated mild steel
Fabrication: Adrian Moakes & Barnshaws Ltd
Management: Manchester City Council
Funding: Arts Council England
Installation: Adrian Moakes & MCC

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Adrian Moakes
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Wescover creator since 2020
Adrian Moakes has over 30 years experience creating unique public artworks through local research, consultation and design workshops. He is well known for encouraging communities to participate in the creation of site-specific sculptures that invigorate and enhance the environment.

Not only does Adrian enable people to participate in the development of designs, but many of his permanent sculptures have a surprising interactive aspect to them. This has grown from his popular early work - junk kinetic pieces that you had to peddle, push or wind to experience the full effect. Many a park, gallery, school, nightclub & theatre resounded to the clangs, bongs, rattles and laughter that accompanied his installations.

Public commissions require rather more safety and reliability, but Adrian finds intriguing ways to entertain and involve people in the finished works. Often this has been by creating spacial illusions, enticing the viewer to seek out optimum viewpoints from where images are magically formed by the seemingly disparate elements. Adrian calls it the ‘kinetic audience’. Then there’s his love of functional artworks – lots of sculptural benches, gateways, a couple of public clocks and even a water-collecting sculpture – there are so many ways to participate in his work.

The underlying motivation for Adrian (apart from getting his hands dirty) is to open people’s eyes to the beauty around them, to appreciate their natural & built environment and get involved in improving and looking after it.