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Adrian Moakes
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Featured In Normanton, United Kingdom

Following a well received previous artwork in 2014, Adrian was again commissioned by Wakefield & District Housing Ltd to create a sculpture to act as a focal point for a newly regenerated housing estate, this time seven miles away at the Smirthwaite Estate in Normanton.

In consultation with the local residents and Groundwork Wakefield, Adrian developed designs to symbolise the new start for the area, drawing inspiration from the hard-edge architecture of the estate and combining it with dynamic natural forms from the nearby green areas.

This was the first commission fabricated in the new sculpture studio Adrian self-built in 2016-17 behind his house in Manchester.

Site: Smirthwaite Estate, Wakefield Road, Normanton, West Yorkshire WF6 1AG.
Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.67 x 1.4 m (h x w x d)
Materials: Welded, galvanized, treated & lacquered mild steel
Fabrication & Installation: Adrian Moakes & WGC Landscapes
Management: Groundwork Wakefield
Funding: Wakefield & District Housing Ltd

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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.