Temple Quay Central is a new mixed use (residential and retail) scheme situated on Bristol’s floating harbour and located close to Temple Meads railway Station.

This Freetank area public art commission is making a distinctive contribution to the development of the area, reinforcing Temple Quay Central as a key destination within the city centre.

Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 450,000 and the metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the United Kingdom. Bristol can trace its roots back to the Iron Age and received a royal charter in 1155. From the 13th to the 18th century, the city was among the top three English cities after London in tax receipts. It was surpassed by the rapid rise of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham in the Industrial Revolution.

Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. In 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America.

The city’s modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries.

The Freetank area artwork was designed by artist Roger Hiorns with architects Witherford Watson Mann.

UK born Roger Hiorns’ sculptural practice meditates on the act of artistic creation, observing what happens when the process is handed over to reactive, “living” material and its metamorphoses. Many of Hiorns’ three-dimensional projects yield to the autonomous generative properties of his chosen substances to ‘isolate’ objects, to make us conscious of their origins and their contexts.

Witherford Watson Mann architects started twenty years ago with a series of walks through London’s parks. Since then they have approached every project as an open-ended inquiry. By using dialogue and adaptive design they help progressive institutions realise their ambitions and reinforce their values. Making the most of what is already there and adding judiciously to maintain the distinctiveness of each place, they can transform its capacity.

The brickwork in the Freetank area has been enhanced and protected using Blocksil’s anti-graffiti coating and the statues have received a coating of special oil. Blocksil’s coating was chosen because it has demonstrated time and again that it is the coating to use for protecting brickwork against graffiti.

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