Tom investigated residential, commercial and industrial switches as part of his research into the former and present communities and occupations in Petersfield. Initially inspired by the objects on display at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, from electrical engineering to the switch that turns on our kettle! This ubiquitous, yet often overlooked, everyday item conveys much about the people who used the items and the period in which it was created.
A switch label, as simple as it may sound, enables us to identify the correct switch to flick, switch, or turn. Introducing this element to the artworks enables machines or appliances to be showcased in colourful and graphic style. And at the same time, can identify and showcase a wide variety of components and instruments that have a relationship with the housing development’s locality and residents, past and present.
‘SOCIAL HOUSING DOMESTIC SWITCHES’ is part of a series of artworks by Tom positioned strategically throughout the development to enrich the new development and enhance the shared communal public space. The aim of the the public art strategy is to enhance the setting for the new residential development on the former depot site, referencing the distinctive context of Mill Road.
The complete series can be viewed HERE
There has also been a collaborative outreach strategy for the project and more information can be found HERE
For information about the wider strategy and ambitions of the scheme please visit the main project website: