We’ve stumbled across a piece of academic research which completely supports our attitude to art. In fact it could be our mantra:
“The use of historical associations can provide a valuable means of linking image and identity.” ~ John McCarthy
We more than tick that box!
Wander anywhere on Lingfield Point and you’ll find a visual link to the past.
It’s something we’re very proud of, and we’re convinced our links to the past are helping us build firm foundations for the future.
McCarthy went on to explain that communities which use art to try and help achieve regeneration can often get it wrong. They run the risk of choosing artwork which just doesn’t reflect the identity of the place. He had that right!
We’ve all seen artwork that we don’t’ like, but if it’s in our hometown and sticks out like a sore thumb it tends to leave a painful imprint on our territorial souls.
Just take a look how the Angel of the South has been received, and that gargantuan landmark has only just received planning permission.
In order to avoid any white elephants or design disasters we set about enhancing Lingfield Point by focusing on its rich heritage and local identify.
We also carried out widespread consultation with those who are passionate about the area, allowing them to help shape our vision for this historic site.
It’s always been our intention to carefully and lovingly restore Lingfield Point, transforming it back into the ground-breaking mixed community it was when the doors opened back in the 1950s.
But we knew that would only be possible if we had the people of Darlington not only supporting the plan but playing an active role in shaping it.* John McCarthy. Journal of Urban Design. Volume 11: Issue 2. June 2006: Pages 243 – 262