York Panorama: A Few of my Favourite Panels!

Those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook will know that we’ve been counting down the days to Christmas with an archive advent of different panels from our new public art installation. But if you don’t follow us on social media then fear not! I’m going to highlight a few of my favourite panels here- just for you!

I’m going to start off with this panel which is inspired by our wonderful Goodricke and Pigott collection (and is quite apt for those of you who loved watching Tim Peake take off into space last week like I did!).

As you can see, artist Emily Harvey has used the shapes mapped out by the stars in the sky to create this beautiful depiction of the night sky.

Next up is a panel illustrating one of my favourite things about summertime in York- the return of the ice cream boat!

The ice cream boat providing people with desserts for their picnics!

The ice cream boat providing people with desserts for their picnics!

The next panel is one of my favourites because it was inspired by a memory shared with us whilst we were doing some filming in Rowntree Park. We were asking people to share their memories of York- it could be anything from life events to details of everyday life. One lady told us how her husband proposed to her on the city walls- and now they both have their own special place in our art installation!

A proposal on the city walls

A proposal on the city walls

Another favourite is the chocolate factory production line. Well, we couldn’t really have an installation about York without featuring the city’s chocolate past and present could we?! And as a chocolate lover, it was bound to be one of my favourite panels!

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And finally, the border to the entire art piece has to have a mention- it really is beautiful!

But don’t just take my word for it- pop into York Explore and see our fabulous art installation for yourself! Why not try and see how many chocolates you can spot, or how many insects you can find in the border?!

Our Art Installation has Landed!!

It’s been an exciting week here at Explore York Libraries and Archives! On Friday night, it was our community celebration event to mark the end of our Heritage Lottery Funded York: Gateway to History project. Not only that, it was also the launch of our fabulous new public art installation! The piece was produced by community artist Emily Harvey, and is now in place on the first floor landing here at Explore.

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‘York Panorama: What York Means To Us’

Titled ‘York Panorama: What York Means To Us’, the installation was inspired by over 600 responses to the question ‘What Should York Remember?’ that we have put to York’s public throughout 2015. Since being installed at the start of last week, the piece has been covered by pop-up banners, so Friday night was also the first chance any staff at Explore had to take a step back and see it in its entirety. And what can I say- we’re delighted with it!

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Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture

Not only does the artwork offer a panorama of the city, it also contains people’s personal memories of York within each individual panel that makes up the panorama. For example, a rowing club are making their way down the river, a graduate is receiving her scroll, and there is even a lady being proposed to on the City Walls!

The installation really gives you a feel for not only the history of York, but what it means to individual people. And the artwork is not just something for you to look at! It has been designed as an interactive piece that you can touch as well. You’ll even find some Braille included.

But enough of me raving about it- why not pop into Explore York and have a look for yourself…?! For those of you that don’t know, we’re located right in the centre of York in Library Square, just off Museum Street- so why not pop in and take a break from all that Christmas shopping?!

Update: Explore’s Art Project!

Back in August, Sarah published a blog post telling you all about our exciting art installation that will soon be in place on the archives landing here at Explore. We thought it was about time we posted an update on this project that’s got all of us here at Explore on the edges of our seats!

Just to refresh your memories, the art installation is based on over 600 responses we have collected from you- the public- to the question ‘what should York remember?’. It will take the form of a panorama of York, titled ‘What York Means to us’. Inspired by the iconic city walls, the piece will be made up of individual bricks that each tell a story about life in York.

Emily's mock-up of the art installation, inspired by individual memories and the city walls.

Artist Emily Harvey’s mock-up of the art installation, inspired by individual memories and the city walls.

We thought we’d keep you posted on our progress and asked artist Emily Harvey to tell us how it’s going…

Emily busy creating the panels in her studio!

Emily busy creating the panels in her studio!

“The whole panel is sketched out in more detail now – I will keep adding and removing things as it progresses though! Once particular blocks are designed they start to take on a life of their own, and I know that some characters will pop up again in different scenes.

Here are pictures of some sketches and maquettes testing out the ideas:

Polo swimmers – lots of people talked about swimming and this block shows children having fun in the outdoor pool (sadly no longer there) with polo ‘lifesavers’ .

Learning to read – this image comes from a stained glass panel in All Saints Church in North St – a little girl is being taught to read 500 years ago, this picture will be combined with contemporary children and university students in York.

The white horse – you can see the white horse from high points in York and it is included in the panorama to show the landscape beyond the walls.

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The carriageworks – lot of people have memories of working here, this image is made from old spanners, bolts and other tools and other tools used in engineering.”

The final artwork will be installed at the end of November, so we’ll be keeping you updated until then. I’ve just updated the display boards on the landing here at Explore, so pop in and take a look! Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears peeled for future updates!

Our newly-updated display boards on the landing where the art installation will be.

Our newly-updated display boards on the landing where the art installation will be- pop in and take a look!