Art installed at North Gate bus station ahead of opening

Artwork adorning the walls and ceiling of Northampton’s new bus station has been 
installed ahead of the building’s opening next month.

Artists were on hand this week to oversee the artwork going up at the new site, which is now nearing completion.

The main artwork on the ceiling of the North Gate bus station utilises its clear roof.

Words and phrases which relate to parts of Northampton’s history are attached to the ceiling iso that the sun will project their shadows onto the walls and floor.

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “The new North Gate bus station is absolutely fantastic.

“It’s a brilliant building and I think it will silence a lot of the critics when they come in here.

“The artwork itself is complementing the building and we’ve been able to put it in through an Arts Council grant and there are three elements to it.

“First is telling the story and the history of Northampton. There are some key phrases, words and places so when the sun shines through they are pocketed and move as the sun changes.

“The second part relates to the history of this site as a fishmarket and also as a medieval synagog.” he added.

There will also be a shoal 
of fish artwork hanging from the ceiling as well as maps 
on display as you walk through the entrance main entrance.

Fiona Heron is one of the artists who has work inside the new building.

She said: “My sculpture is a stainless steel hanging piece, suspended from ceiling.

“It’s based on the history of the site. I picked on the theme of movement.

“A lot of people remember it as a fishmarket so I wanted to pick up on that theme .

“Also, very loosely, the gunpowder plot was hatched here so there’s the ideas of explosion and movement.

“My work is an abstract piece which brings all of this together.

“It’s called the North Gate Shoal and based on the idea of movement of fish.

“The light actually captures the fish and flickers.

“It is mirrored stainless steel on one side so it’s 
hanging like a mobile,” she added.

A Northampton crest was one of the surviving pieces salvaged from the original building when it was used as both a fishmarket and, more recently, an art gallery. This has been used on the inside on one of the walls.