NAME : Lower Bridge Street; Voice of the City, Riverside Gateway Totems & Planter DATE : 2017 CLIENT : Peterborough CC LOCATION : Peterborough PARTNERS : Adrian Wright (Stonemason), Michael Lee (Historian), John Merrill (Wood Artist)
Stephen Broadbent worked as a design consultant for the City regeneration team of Peterborough City Council developing overarching themes that reveal the hidden history of the street and crafting site specific artworks and urban elements that were integrated into the fabric of the streetscape. After a process of consultation and design development three distinct elements were manufactured by the studio and installed in Lower Bridge Street in 2017. A Bronze and stone sculpture entitled ‘The Voice of the City’; Cast bronze and carved timber totems ‘Riverside Gateway Totems; and a crafted timber ‘Riverside Planter’.
VOICE OF THE CITY
The voice of the City sculpture stands near the spot where the foundry of Henry Penn (1685-1729) once stood, where bells were cast for Peterborough Cathedral and for churches far and wide. The sculpture explores the nature of a City bell - A voice, a summons, a clock. The note is struck, the call is heard, the people come together. A bell channels sound, puts out a call, pulls in a community. A bell draws to itself as, down the ages, Peterborough has drawn to itself the talents of 5 surrounding counties, and yet further afield.
A bell becomes the voice of a community - a single civic voice, fed by a riot of individual voices but achieving an identity of its own. The act of casting molten metal into a mould which in this sculpture is carved out of stone are seen as the unstructured sounds being funnelled into the discipline of a single note, symbolised further by the Chladni inlayed sound wave patterns
The cast bronze bell has the inscription ‘Henry Penn Made Me’