thom son + craighead
Artworks which include sheep-bell concertos, subverted
road signs and an immense paper house are part of Lost O,
a dynamic programme of installations, interventions and performances by
international artists, which took place in Ashford in July 2007 as the
Tour de France passed through the town.
The identity of Ashford is soon to change radically. At present, the centre
of Ashford appears as an island in the midst of fast flowing traffic,
which stagnates towards the end of the day as Ashfordians return home
from their daily labours. For pedestrians, fording this incessant stream
of vehicles can be a stressful experience. In the near future, this current
will be tamed and the inhabitants of this gentle town will be able to
rejoin their suburban neighbours. Lost O is demarking
this critical moment with artworks that acknowledge and celebrate the
loss of the ring road as it is transformed into the largest Shared Space
scheme in Europe.