On 30 September, Artist Keith Harrison will be presenting a ‘Joyride’ life-size clay replica of the final Rover 75 to leave the Longbridge carplant at the Jerwood Open Forest commission.
The creation of the ‘joyride’ will take place across the summer here at Bournville College where the former Longbridge carplant once operated. Working alongside world-renowned car-modeller, Anthony Tovey, the classic model will be reconstructed using a series of plywood profiles, polystyrene and clay gathered from the River Rea which runs through the former Rover works.
The artwork will be complete with a structure informed by Capture Point UK’s detailed 3D scan of the original Rover 75, and will be complete with the original Rover wheels, our students will even have the opportunity to help out with the final stages on their return in September.
Following the completion The Rover 75 will be transported from Bournville College to Cannock Chase Forest on the afternoon of 30 September, where the artist will release the replica down a temporary 8-metre ramp. Speaking of the car’s release, Keith Harrison says: ‘I want to use this energy, this velocity to re-launch the vehicle into the unknown. Metaphorically alluding to how this industrial area may be regenerated and the car industry reimagined.’ Accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack, the model will be released at dusk, referencing how the role of the car can transition from practical to recreational, between daytime and night.
Audiences are invited to join Keith at Cannock Chase Forest, Tackeroo Site from 5:30pm. Joyride is a one-off event so spaces are limited and booking essential; tickets are £5 (including refreshments) and booking is open now. Please visit jerwoodopenforest.org for more information.