Magazine article Art Monthly

Tour D'Ashford

Magazine article Art Monthly

Tour D'Ashford

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Ashford was not in the past highly favoured as a Kent destination, but since the arrival of the Eurostar rail connection it has been altering in character. Now it boasts radicalism, at least in its approach to traffic. The ring road is to be abolished and the town transformed into the largest Shared Space scheme in Europe, which will allow 'pedestrians to mingle freely with slow-moving traffic in a streetscape without pavements, road markings or signs'. To cap it all Ashford is now on the Tour de France route, and it is on this festive weekend of July 7 and 8 that the urban interventions and performances commissioned in relation to the traffic scheme start to roll out, under the overall title 'The Lost O', in homage to the lost ring road. Thomson + Craighead, who confess that their projects have in the past 'necessitated an unhealthy amount of international travel', bring country life to town with an uncharacteristically low-tech work, a flock of sheep grazing in the churchyard. The sheep bells chime, randomly, but in the notes of a diminished 7th chord. …

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