Matt Baker, Assembly and Waymarkers
As residential communities go, ‘The Riverside estate’ in Govan, has some story. Situated on the site of the heart of medieval Govan, where an early crossing point and sacred site originally existed, the community also reside on the site of Harland and Wolff’s once momentous shipyards.
This is a rich and dramatic site of huge cultural and historic importance, with many visitors unaware of what lies directly underneath them. Artist Matt Baker, worked with the Riverside community and Glasgow Housing Association to retell stories and memories, connecting the area to its roots in a lasting series of works (‘Assembly’ and ‘Waymarkers’) that mark the approximate location of the legendary ‘Doomster Hill’ and create marker points on ‘Harland Way’, a new Riverside Walkway .
Quoting from Matt’s blog ‘Sacrificial Materials’, the launch of these artworks are seen not ‘as endpoints but rather that the physical sculptures should be seen as tools for continuing the momentum of change and growth in a place‘.
Photographing the artworks was a great experience, allowing me to understand and relate with the artwork and using principles of architectural photography such as orientation, lighting, and composition, all be it on a much smaller scale than a building project.
There is a shared belief and ongoing exploration into the surrounding areas potential as a community focused cultural quarter expanding on the redisplay work at Govan Old church, archaeology, heritage and access to the river front, and as a crossing point to the Riverside Museum and linking the communities of Partick and Govan.