The Phoenix Trail
Commissioned by Sustrans (the cycle network charity) to work as lead artist for the new ‘Pheonix Trail’ – a cycle track between Thame, in Oxfordshire and Princess Risborough in Buckinghamshire – with the brief to enhance the experience of using the trail. Angus designed the Signal Seats and Winged Shelter, helped with the commissioning and siting of art-works, and worked with furniture students at Rycotewood College, Thame to design and make pieces for the trail.
Inspired by the Red Kites frequently seen on the trail, the shelter provides a place of rest on the track. With wonderful views to the Chiltern Hills, it consists of a large curved bench covered by two wings of laminated oak beams. The Winged Shelter has become an icon for Thame, used on the Mayors Christmas card ……
9m x 2.5m x 5m high
The 5 signal seats punctuate the cycle track at convenient viewpoints and reflect the trails previous use as a railway line. The articulated seats take their inspiration from the semaphore signals used for train control, and add an element of fun. Pivoting the seat to sit down, lowers the signal vane and shows that the seat is in use.
Constructed from galvanised steel rails, oak seats and bright red aluminium signal vanes!
900mm x 600mm x 4m high
Arts and Business Award 2002
European Greenways Award