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THE PARK SQUARE PROJECT

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THE PARK SQUARE PROJECT A project that celebrates Park Square’s often unnoticed urban, architectural and landscape qualities We look at the Square in a slightly quirky way using photography, film, animation, drawing, painting and music. The centre piece is a five minute animated creative journey that captures the spirit and idiosyncrasies of our part of Leeds. LIGHT TO SOUND It was our intention to capture a sense of history from the buildings themselves. To achieve this we used a light to sound device housed within a old small cine 8 film camera. We walked around the square recording light from the buildings, a journey of around five minutes. The sound generated is very raw and sounds a little like a Geiger counter used for measuring radiation. We then converted this signal into an audio format and used this to generate animated graphics, which we used to brand the Park Square exhibition. LOST ELEMENTS OF THE SQUARE Two strong visual elements that have been lost from the Square over time are St Paul’s Church, built in 1792 and demolished in 1905, and ‘Circe’ a bronze figure by Alfred Drury 1894, which was housed in the Square for fifty years before being relocated to the City Museum after restoration in 2008. Both of these elements are referenced in the exhibition and help provide a poetic narrative to the work. THE SOUNDS OF PARK SQUARE The Rhythm of The Square is represented in our film by a solid beat that is deliberately slow and strong. This references the permanence and history of the Square and the nature of many of the professional business that are housed around its perimeter. The ambient nature of the sound track reflects the mid day meetings and lunch breaks to chat or just break the day during the Summer months, relaxing on the benches or just sitting on the grass amongst the flower beds.