KHBT / osa_office for subversive architecture · Werneth Attraction
© Peter Walker

Public Art Installation,
16th July 20011 at St Augustine of Canterbury School_Werneth/Oldham

KHBT / osa_office for subversive architecture · Werneth Attraction
© Peter Walker

The project started with the consideration of the large amount of abandoned housing areas and its impact on the different neighbourhoods around Oldham.
Many houses in different areas are closed and all the windows are boarded up with galvanised steel sheets.
These sheets together with the typical red bricks are recurring elements all over the neighbourhoods of Oldham, they somehow unify the whole area.
The objective for the project was to reconnect the neighbourhoods in the area by using those typical elements and turn the negative stigma into a positive momentum.

osa created a facade of 11,540 specifically branded magnets which equals the inhabitants of the borough. These will be handed out to each inhabitant during the festival and after the installation.

Magnetic attraction or repulsion is a fundamental natural phenomenon. It provides the ultimate polarity of the universe being either positive or negative.
The magnets could be used to stick a message, drawing r note etc. onto the perforated metal sheets covering he windows of the abandoned houses in the area. his simple and harmless element is used to connect all neighbourhoods, visually as well as intellectually creating n organic and fluid community messageboard.

KHBT / osa_office for subversive architecture · Werneth Attraction
© Peter Walker

During the installation process, pupils from the neighbourhood have taken part in various workshops helping to create this major public artwork.

KHBT / osa_office for subversive architecture · Werneth Attraction
© Peter Walker

KHBT / osa_office for subversive architecture · Werneth Attraction
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