25 March 2022
As part of the redevelopment of the Mill Road depot in Cambridge, we have commissioned several pieces of public art that will enrich the new location and create exciting public open spaces within the new development.
One of the artists is Jo Chapman, who through her seven-metre cast bronze sculpture, Timekeeper, is celebrating and acknowledging the former Headly's Eagle Foundry, which was once located on the site.
Jo has also worked closely with writer and poet Hannah Walker, who through collaboration with local community mental health group Lifecraft, have written a poem called 'Graft' about the theme of work, with extracts pieced together into one cohesive poem, which is also being cast into the sculpture.
Jo wanted to include detail on the sculpture reflecting the use of the cast logos and maker's nameplates that were once used in industrial casting. To achieve this, Jo cast raised lettering into the sculpture using a realistic font type from the era to accurately depict what would have been marked on items such as sand-cast drainpipes and other industrial parts at the time of the foundry's existence.
The Timekeeper sculpture will be installed at Ironworks, Mill Road in Summer 2022 as part of the Ironworks development, which will provide 236 new studio, one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom homes on the former Mill Road depot site, with 118 private sale and 118 council rented homes.
As part of the project, a brand new, highly sustainable community centre is being built, as well as a new on-site neighbourhood park, Eagle Park, which will feature a large play area, rainwater gardens and green open spaces.