Human:Scale explores the systematic layout and architectural design vision of Milton Keynes observing patterns of navigation and social ideals there manifested. 

 

The exhibition displays functional objects for home improvement suspended in monolithic forms to deactivate and memorialise the surreal landscape setting to expose a conflict between rural and urban desires.

The rigidity of the cinematic architecture in Milton Keynes is in reality a surreal navigational experience.  The entire network seems to float; concrete structures and manmade elements appear almost weightless in contrast to the rooted planting. 

The regularity of the road design instead of simplicity creates confusion. I investigate the natural rhythm of the city, weaving the grid system in wool and suspending Allen keys in a mobile, the topsy- turvy angles and gentle revolutions evoke a sense of a dreamscape. The Allen key is also an emblem of DIY, homemaking, it has both qualities of industrial function and contemplates the town as a textbook flat pack city, each district assembled of necessities laid out in the Milton Keynes manifesto.

I made a monument to the idea of the Garden City, the lawnmower. This functional machine, which found poignancy during my first visit to the MK Museum, is unified into a single white organism and suspended upright taking away its practical value, it is an iconic emblem of an ideal manicured society.

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Monument to a Garden City

Lawnmower, paint, resin, steel, rubber, plastic.

2015

Dreamscape

Allen keys, wire, thread.

2015

Garden Banner

Paper, Paint.

2015

Lawn Drawing

Paper, pencil, watercolour, gauche.

2015

Milton Quilt

Wool.

2015

Dreamscape

Allen keys, wire, thread.

2015

Monobrick

Cement.

2015

© Jessica Wetherly

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