The work that we make in public spaces is collaborative in many ways. Our own design and fabrication processes certainly are, but we are also keenly aware of public art as an opportunity to collaborate with both the physical characteristics of a site and with the people who spend time there.

We are interested in community in both these aspects, as a physical place and as a set of relationships, and draw many parallels between the connections that bind people to a social environment and those that weave all life forms into their ecological habitats. Our most recent work frequently alludes to the intertwining of geology, biology and social relationship.

Our own interpretation of public art is that it is a special case of art-making, particularly when it is funded with public monies. In addition to art’s potential to create improbable connections - through unexpected pleasure, confusion or provocation - we often strive to build in a certain kind of “usefulness”.

When public art becomes a public tool it invites the community to be an active participant in creating meaning. We are responding to troubled times, simultaneously creating models for alternative thinking and spaces in which transformation could happen.