Gordon Young Visual Artist: Making Art With Words

11 Jun

Gordon Young is a visual artist who focuses on creating art for the public domain. His work ranges from sculptures to typographic pavements for places as disrelated as government headquarters and village squares.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of Europe’s leading open air art organizations. As part of a major fundraising initiative, the Walk of Art was conceived; a 110 metre pathway leading up to the new visitor centre designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects. Made from stainless steel, the path contains the names of all donors to the park and grows with each new donor.

Two 20 metre high Blackpool climbing towers (in the U.K.), designed and cast in black concrete made with locally sourced stone and aggregates.

A verse from famous poet Robert Burns Whisky drink was carved into a set of granite steps outside the Tam O’ Shanter pub in Ayr (in Scotland).

Typographic trees for library project (in Crawley, U.K.) designed by architects Penoyre and Prasard. Gordon created a ‘forest’ of oak columns which are sited throughout the library and installed from floor to ceiling like supporting pillars. Each of the 14 solid oak columns reflect different subjects from the gothic to the romantic and are sited in specific relevant locations within the library.

Artwork for a school playground in Perthshire, Scotland. A graphic cross section of the forests, lochs, rivers, glens, valleys, towns, roads and mountains, that can be plotted in a straight line from the school all the way to the Summer Isles in the North West of Scotland. The map is laid in front of the school building in coloured concretes, many with locally sourced sands, with inset granite and stainless steel text. Blocks of colour have been used as codes for geographical categories, benches named after islands off the Scottish West Coast have been arranged according to their geographical location

Visit Gordon Young’s website to see all his projects.

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