June to Sepetember 2017

Synthetic Landscapes was a vibrant programme of contemporary art, brought by Medow Arts to the spectacular landscapes of Weston Park for the first time. Renowned contemporary artists were invited to explore its history and the grand surroundings.

In this corner of the West Midlands, two radically different visions of man-made landscapes collided: on one hand, the idealised landscaped garden magnificently expressed at Weston, on the other, the emerging industrial landscape. Synthetic Landscapes took place across two venues, investigating these different ideas.

For Dark Olive the challenge here was simple. The artist, Pablo Bronte was going to produce two pieces of artwork, which were to be printed on to sections of marine ply, and then laser cut.

Our task was to create and assemble the artwork on to a framework, which did not distract you from the illusion, but also became apparent that it was a flat billboard as you got closer.

We produced a 3D sketch of the design so that the artist could see what it would look like, and how the two bridges worked together, and which gave us an idea of the positioning them with sight lines.



Because we would not get to see the artwork until it arrived, we needed to build a workbench so that the pieces could be laid down and line up the framework properly. 

The assignment required imagination and precision and resulted in a very successful construction that held Bronte’s artwork up for 3 months, during the length of the program.