The central roof at Cabot Circus has been created by artist Nayan Kulkarni in partnership with the main scheme architects Chapman Taylor and the project engineers, the free-form shell-shaped glass roof ‘floats’ above the central square and the scheme’s three shopping streets. At 6,500 square metres and composed of some 1,000 panes of glass, the roof creates a light, airy, open environment, while providing protection from the elements.
Multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni (b. 1969) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. At the heart of his work is an engagement with ideas of site specificity, time, technology and perception. These interests are manifested in work that is generated from specific concepts, processes or places through diverse media such as light, video, installation, sculpture and photography. His studio work has been shown extensively in the UK and abroad and he also develops curatorial and publication projects. His interest in the role of art as a means to transform public spaces has resulted in the formation of NKProjects, a practice which enables the development of ideas relating to site specificity and collaboration.
Recent works include Nocturne a major lighting installation in Newcastle/Gateshead and Sky Mirror in Birmingham. NKProjects is currently implementing; Shoal a major new light work for St Davids II, Cardiff; Cascade a light and stone work for the Cathedral Green Regeneration, Derby; public realm lighting in Ashford; Blink And Shimmer two new light based works for the Parkland Gateway Regeneration, Corby; Oasis: Five Gardens for Essex, five landscape interventions as part of the Sadlers Farm Strategic Link improvements in Essex; Moment, a integrated light and photographic work for Ikea, Southampton.
InSite Arts is a public art organisation founded by Sarah Collicott and Sam Wilkinson in 2001. InSite Arts works in partnership with its clients to generate and deliver innovative and relevant public art and arts initiatives in diversity of scales and in a wide variety of media.
InSite Arts develop strategies and artworks and have commissioned a wide range of projects from temporary events to permanent installations, from the more intimately scaled art projects through to major landmark installations integrated into the public realm and architectural schemes.
At the heart of their work is our staunch commitment to commissioning artwork which will inspire and intrigue, which become a fundamental part of a successful building, development, town or city. This can only be achieved by working closely with and supporting artists and clients throughout the course of the art project/programme, through to installation. Successfully conceived and delivered public artworks draw inspiration from a thorough understanding of location, the potential ‘audience’, history of the site and the aspirations of client and design team.