IRON REEF

2022-2023
Curation

AN AMPHIBIOUS STRUCTURE, SHAPED BY THE TIDES

ARTISTS: STUDIO MAETHEREA

CLIENT: THE NORFOLK WAY ART TRAIL

LOCATION: NORFOLK

SERVICES: CURATION

An art installation for the EXPERIENCE project: the Norfolk Way Art Trail. The EXPERIENCE project is led by Norfolk County Council to drive out-of-season tourism across the area.

Studio Maetherea, a multidisciplinary creative practice guided by artistic duo Cristina Morbi and Aurora Destro, answered the call by Creative Giants for submissions to the project, being formally invited as one of 6 artists and delivering their first permanent public art piece: Iron Reef

Installed in June 2023 at Reedham Ferry Inn, Studio Maetherea’s design scored highly for its accessibility and the way that it would interact with its environment.

 With this ambitious project at a complex site, the Creative Giants team were involved with artist liaison, landowner management and seeing the work through the planning process.

Iron Reef is inspired by the amphibious landscape, living on both earth and water. 

The curved light metallic structure climbs to the sky and interacts with the water at high tide. The community and visitors are invited to interact with it, following the bioluminescent walkway, which glows at night. 

The tides from the river modify the material, adding patina and oxidation as a performance of colour or a maritime ruin, referencing the nautical heritage of Reedham Ferry.