Following the Market Square

Jenny Steele

During the summer of 2012, artists Jenny Steele and Laurence Payot examined how the Market Square is used, and how Prestonians relate to the Cenotaph, which sits within it. Collectively, Payot and Steele traced people’s movements, looked for visual patterns in chaotic and constant flows, photographed, categorised and created mock-ups of the space, encouraged people to re-imagine the Cenotaph and draw their own journeys, and created animations about the space. Their research informed Preston City Council’s Preston Remembers project, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has renovated and remodelled the Cenotaph reflecting much of Sir Giles Gilberts Scotts original design.

Following the Market Square was a multi-layered project, through which Steele interacted with people online and across the city to explore their engagement with the Cenotaph and Market Square. Her research included a short residency at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, during which she invited people who use the square to contribute to a collaborative drawing and to express their perceptions of the existing square and war memorial. She also tracked people’s movements across the space in a hand-drawn animation entitled Observation of Desire Lines.

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