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Brief Published: 23 Dec 2011

Blaze Installation, UK


Populating the barren roadside verges of the A66 in Middlesbrough, UK, a 35 sqm installation entitled Blaze is providing an unusual means of brightening up the dual carriageway and its surrounding industrial landscape.

Created by London-based McChesney Architects, the artistic landmark is formed from 472 anodised aluminium rods, which sway gently in the wind. As vehicles drive past the spatial artwork, multiple grid patterns are unveiled. Although currently installed in just one location, there are plans to implement the design at various locations along the entire stretch of road.

The A66 goes directly through the centre of Middlesbrough, and for many provides their only view of the industrial town. McChesney Architects has stated that it hopes Blaze will alter their perceptions of the city.

McChesney Architects