The People's Park, Think Tank, Birmingham, CABE Annual Conference, November 2003.

Andy Hewitt and Melanie Jordan are artists whose practice investigates the nature of public space and its relationship with people. In association with MADE, the architecture centre for the West Midlands Region, CABE Space commissioned Mel and Andy to create an art intervention to engage guests at Inspiring Spaces.
 
This has resulted in The Peoples’ Park: Diorama which invites you into in its own chaotic and questioning internal world as an alternative ‘open space’ place for personal reflection.

The People’s Park belongs to a tradition of devices and mechanisms inviting the viewer into an illusory scene. Historically, this involved looking at landscape through a prescribed aesthetic, such as the sublime, beautiful or picturesque, which was inspired the undulating private parklands of Capability Brown and the eighteenth century passion for the Italianate landscape vistas of Claude Lorraine.
 
The People’s Park intends to subvert history by enabling the viewer to participate in a new, temporary and chaotic world, inviting their own, personal, interpretation and response to public space through sound, projected video image and questions.
© 2005 Hewitt & Jordan