In collaboration with erz landcsape architects, the wider design team and the local community we developed a strategy to incorporate integrated artwork within the new boardwalk design for Balgray Reservoir.
Designs are inspired by the industrial heritage of the local area that surrounds Balgray, in particular the textile mills, the success of which directly influenced the construction of the reservoir. Through the design of patterns that can be applied to ground surfaces, walls and seating it is intended for the boardwalk to become a textile timeline. This timeline explores the textile techniques and styles that have evolved throughout the decades, creating decorative surfaces that evoke feelings of an interior space, using textile and wallpaper patterns to adorn the concrete and metal structures of the boardwalk.
The integration of artwork within the boardwalk construction materials speaks of the unbreakable connection between textile design and the reservoir's existence and highlights the beautiful and industrial nature of the surroundings.
Newton Mearns Portal Design
The designs for Newton Mearns portal are inspired by textile designs from the period of 1707-1786 looking at block printing processes as a source of inspiration. The designs are created in 'blocks' that repeat along the face of the shelter's precast concrete panels. The patterns are delicate and intricate whilst being impactful with one design block spanning the full height of the shelter.
Water Tower Design
The water tower design references textile designs of 1786-1854 when industry soared and the population increased in the surrounding area resulting in the construction of Balgray reservoir. The designs are influenced by textiles produced using roller printing techniques and the composition of the existing water tower bridge. On the right of the design the textile patterns combine to form a similar structure to the existing bridge, as the design evolves from right to left this structure slowly changes and becomes more playful and abstract until you reach the bottom of the ramp where the strips of textile pattern are reconfigured to form a new, more abstract, yet regimented structure. The railing/handrail will be formed using water jet cut and welded metal panels. This design will be repeated on the other side of the ramp referencing the nature of the roller printing technique.
Waters edge parapet wall design
Designs will be cast into precast concrete panels forming the parapet wall at the Waters edge. The design is inspired by textiles produced between 1854 -1930's and the screen printing processes used during this period. Patterns flow and wrap around the 'drawer' area seamlessly with the design on each of the 9 meter sections of wall repeating to mimic the screen printing process along a length of fabric.
Waters edge terrace design
Elements from the parapet wall design are re-manipulated forming a pattern for the risers of the seating steps opposite. The design flows from geometric to botanical and works in harmony with the parapet wall design to create an artwork that can be viewed from any direction of approach.
Barrhead portal design
The pattern cast into the concrete path leads users from the roadside down to the picnic area, green space or shelter area at the waters edge. The design represents textile influences from the 1930's through to the present day. Patterns constantly evolve and change along the length of the path, with no repeat, representing the truly unique and mural like possibilities of the digital printing age.