MICHAEL FAIRFAX

PUBLIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, DESIGNER

       
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THE VOICES OF HEAVITREE, 2009
   
       
                     
 
 
The Voices of Heavitree is an artwork conceived by public artist Michael Fairfax, with text from poet Ralph Hoyte and tree grill and tree guard by blacksmith Peter Osborne. The lights on the arch are programmed to change colour throughout the evening. The text is based on the words of Richard Hooker and start with the word 'IF', in the pavement, these then loop through the arch and back into the paving before leaving the pavement on this side of the road and being picked up on the other side. The central arch is a static green colour and has words relating to the 'Yew of Heavitree', supposedly how Heavitree got it's name.
 
     
On this side of the road, the words of the people of Heavitree are heard. After many interviews with local people Ralph created the text that brings together the words of all three voices of Heavitree where they spiral up and into the tree grill which houses an English Oak. The text on the grill is of a different style to that of the stone paving, creating a distinctive finish to the overall piece.