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2009 2013, Futurescope

Our proposal for ‘Futurescope – A sequential outdoor exhibition of massive photographs’ on the Lingfield Point power plant building facing the A66, was short-listed for the Arts and Business, Bruntwood and Arup Environmental Partnership Award in 2011. The project is intended to catalyse a ‘Cultural, Arts and Ecological Strategy’ for Marchday at Lingfield Point, Darlington and to inform long term thinking for the site. The concept was devised by Christian Barnes of Vista Projects and is delivered as a creative collaboration with John Kennedy. Vista projects manages the programme.

‘Futurescope’ is predicated on the idea that we want to develop a relationship with Lingfield Point that lasts over time and to develop and share our creative vision for urban brown field landscape. It is a two year long sequential outdoor exhibition of eight massive circular photographs and images on the power plant building facing the A66. The images will be changed with the seasons.

The images will explore the possibilities of the site and its working environment in cultural and ecological terms. They will be selected/made during the life of the project (not predetermined) and could respond to developments on site. The images will be cultural and ecological ‘propaganda’ about Lingfield Point intended to be visible to a wide cross section of Darlington’s residents and visitors.

Put simply ‘Futurescope’ is about how we envisage that Lingfield Point could be populated. It is about the future and not the past.



  1. Posted July 1, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Looking good Christian, really nice work!

    To me the images are like ‘visual petri dishes’ that are growing community, culture, art, interest etcet.

    It’s also great to see something on the side of a building that isn’t selling shoes, sex, football or supermarket discounts.

    The joy of not being sold anything . . .

  2. Posted January 3, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    It’s also great to see something on the side of a building that isn’t selling shoes, sex, football or supermarket discounts.

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