Entry Type



Chinnor, Oxfordshire

The primary access into the new residential development will be via a new road off Greenwood Avenue. This new access will lead down the development’s main street incorporating a high-quality public realm with strong landscaped features. This street will direct people down to the primary area of public open space on the site. This space will be the main focal / destination point for a site-specific piece or pieces of public art, introduced to reinforce the local landscape and natural history of Chinnor.

The development location is known for woods with Special Area of Conservation status, the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Trust and the Chinnor Chalk Pit, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The location, design and function of the artwork should not impact on the amenities of the site for future residents but enhance the location by working with the historical and scientific context of the area.

The Opportunity

Persimmon Homes Ltd (Thames Valley) were seeking to appoint an artist to design and produce a timeless, innovative and distinctive piece of art to animate the principal area of open space and enrich the local community. Ideally, the work will reflect the historic use and / or nature associations of the site.

Whilst the preference was for the delivery of a stand-alone focal feature within the open space, artists were advised to not feel limited to this criteria and, instead, invited to consider artwork that could be incorporated into site topography (such as paving and seating).

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Past Winners


Tom Waugh MRSS with his sculpture The Lens
Tom Waugh MRSS