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ground spike

Ceremonial spike made for Manchester International Festival 2017 and installed for Ground Breaking - the launch event for The Factory, Manchester's new forthcoming arts centre.

The piece was the centrepiece of Laurie Anderson's performance and comprised a stainless steel spike set in a metal sleeve such that it could be struck and ceremonially struck to break ground at the new venue. The spike was removed after the ceremony and it is planned that it will be reinstalled at the same point once the new building has been constructed around it.

Executed at short notice, the whole project was developed and delivered in 5 days. The spike was constructed by G and D Enterprises in Huddersfield and installed with the dedicated assistance of Mark Hobbs.

Some photos from MIF and Place Nothwest. t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

We create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

We are artists, makers and creative thinkers, with strong social focus, inspired by spaces and the public realm. We use light, sound and interactive technologies to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging works - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual, audible and interactive elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites.

Our work ranges from community consultation and design and build for the public realm to bespoke creative technology development for private projects. Clients include local authorities, arts organisations, national museums and international companies.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029