ADVANCED ROAD TECHNOLOGY
• Product demonstrations
• Product designers on hand for further discussions
• Feature work by Artist Joe Steele
• Refreshments throughout the day
• Afternoon informal presentation
Lulu Guinness and artist Joe Steele
The home of intelligent products for civil engineering, Wrekin, is inviting visitors to view manhole covers and gully grates as not purely functional necessities of the road but as a way to enhance the urban environment through a unique combination of high-performing functionality and style.
This is not a new idea. Carl Andre’s Equivalent V111, famously known as ‘The Bricks’, caused huge public debate when it was exhibited at the Tate in 1976. Today, Japanese street artists create drain art and keen ‘gridders’, such as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, take photographs of striking examples of highway ironwork and post them online. There is a small but serious group of followers determined to make manholes and gully grates seen as art.
Now, to challenge traditional views of manhole covers and gully grates, Wrekin is launching the ‘Highway’ for Highways range in the Wrekin Pavilion at Highways Magazines’ ‘Seeing is Believing’ exhibition. Engineers, specifiers and installers from contractors and local authorities are all welcome to come and see the extremely wide range which provides a solution to almost every requirement for highway ironwork.
What is ART?
“Art, also called (to distinguish it from other art forms) visual art, a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination. The term art encompasses diverse media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts, photography and installation”. – Encyclopedia Britannica
“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” – Oxford Dictionaries
Art is anything of the ‘ordinary’ that provokes the imagination to come alive. – Kameron Bayne
Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labour. – André Gide