Charles Holland Architects

Foundation Myths

This permanent public artwork was commissioned by York Art Gallery for its recently re-opened Artist's Garden. The garden lies within the historic St, Mary's Precinct which contains the ruins of the abbey.


The artwork responds to the varied uses of the garden throuhgout its history inclucing orchards, market gardens, the site of the Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Fair and military barracks. It takes the form of ten ceramic tree trunks arranged in two parallel rows. The trunks are naturalistic in form but their formal arrangement suggests something man-made. They could be read as the petrified remains of an orchard or the ruins of a small bulding.


The artworks title - Founnation Myths - relates to the idea of former uses and multiple histories as well as to the origin myths of architecture itself.


The artwork was installed in summer 2016.


Foundation Myths was designed by Ordinary Architecture.

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