Students are helping to choose an arty entrance for a new housing after the planners decreed the university had to use local artists.
The student accommodation company UNITE have commissioned two artists to produce an interactive lighting artwork around both entrances to Corfe House building. Shirleyann Plumridge, the hospitality manager explained the aim of artwork:
“Basically when UNITE applied for the planning permission to build Corfe House here, the council said `that`s fine` but part of the planning concept was that we would have to commission a local artist to produce some public art for the entrances of the Corfe House.”
She said that Corfe House students are expected to be involved in decision of what the artwork exactly will be. Last year, students decided on an `interactive light feature` for the entrances.
Poole artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer specialize in light commissions. The married couple will bring examples of their previous work to get feedback from the students. They want to find out what is like to live in the student accommodation and what it feels like being away from home to build an artwork suitable to the concept of the building.
“So for example every time doors open someone goes in and out something will happen, we don`t know what that is. So that`s basically we want the student`s involvement in what it is,” said Ms Plumridge.