Couldn't make a whole week of cobbing but fancy seeing the model
in progress and having a go? The two Saturday open days could be
for you ... !
VISITOR OPEN DAYS – MEET SOMEWHERE & TRY
Open Days - Saturday 10 May & Saturday 31 May, 11am –
Gravel Hill Farm, North West Cambridge Development,
Cambridge, CB3 0FU. Access via Huntingdon Rd.
Come and visit the work in progress of a scale cob model of the
future North West Cambridge Development at open days on Saturday 10
and 31 May.
‘Tomorrow, Today’ is a spectacular walk-through scale model of
part of the new North West Cambridge Development. Devised by
artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, this ‘futuristic model
village’ encourages its makers and visitors to imagine the future
communities of North West Cambridge Development. The model is
entirely constructed by hand using cob (a mix of clay, sand and
straw) and will be approximately 75metres in length. Cob is an
ancient, sustainable, building material that recycles material from
the site. Over a six-week period, teams of volunteers join the
artists and a leading cob expert to learn how to cob and to help
construct the vast art work.
Artist Nina Pope said, "We've had a great first week working on
the cob model with a really keen group of volunteers. What was
particularly interesting was to be working alongside the
archaeology team on site - as they were digging down into the past
we were beginning to try and visualise the future of the site."
Our Visitor Open Days invite members of the public to see our
progress, meet the artists and try their hand at working with cob
on the model.
The idea for ‘Tomorrow, Today’ emerged from the artists’
year-long residency with the Cambridge University Archaeology
Department and re-uses the earth dug from the recent archaeological
excavations. The archaeology has unveiled that the area had a rich
history with vibrant settlements throughout the ages from the
pre-historic to Roman periods, including burials, coins, pottery,
and even early 20th century University research buildings.
Once completed in early June, the model will remain in place
temporarily before being buried under the growing Development, for
re-discovery by the archaeologists of the future.
The open days will take place on Saturday 10 May and Saturday 31
May from 11am-4pm. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Sensible
footwear and outdoors clothing are advised. For more information