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It’s Not as Rough as it Used to Be

It’s Not as Rough as it Used to Be represented a body of work created to reconnect the urban population in the town of Barrow-in-Furness with the wild environment of the local coast.

The work explored undervalued and under-explored natural resources and how these can be harnessed as the foundation of local grassroots regeneration.

UHC began the nine month residency by travelling and recording the local landscape. A collection of site specific engagement tools and objects were then created for use at a series of outdoor winter events. The tools were designed to facilitate public debate about space and regeneration.

GoogleBarrow: Artist created 3D SketchUp models of abandoned or underused man-made structures dotting the coastline of Barrow-in-Furness.

Laser Jetty: To illuminate the coastal assets and temporarily connect Barrow-in-Furness to other ‘islands’, a powerful laser was fired between coastal landscapes.

Giant Map Pin: A human scale map pin was created by UHC to pin-point real life locations, which were then simulated in Google Earth. The pin was used to create a sculptural focal point for winter events.

Welcome to Paradise: The residency culminated in a month-long exhibition at the newly relaunched Art Gene Gallery. The exhibition included an urban planning evening’ with local residents and regeneration professionals, where undervalued architectural assets were identified using a giant floor map.

In partnership with Art Gene
Supported by Arts Council England