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Art at Heart

Our creative commissions have played a large part in the Heartlands journey. Working with local schools and community groups, national and international renowned artists have left their mark on Heartlands and the surrounding area in the village of Pool.


Crushed Wall Heartlands

An art installation that captures for the first time the geological pressure that mining had on the earth during the height of Cornish tin mining, when miners were hitting depths of over 1km. 

Conceived by artist, Walter Jack and involving a unique moulding technique to create a fluid and voluptuous effect never seen before with concrete on this scale, ‘Crushed Wall’ sits within the village of Pool. Rising to 3m high, the wall acts as a corner stone and defining art feature of Heartlands.

Walter Jack says: “Crushed Wall is about two things. Firstly, it’s about place as Heartlands sits over very special and unique geology. When we began thinking of the design for the wall, the geological connection seemed serendipitous. Retaining walls hold back the geology and are the boundary between our above-ground world and the world of mining.

“Secondly it’s about process. One of the things that interests me as a maker is the way in which the finished product is often much duller than the process that got it there. Concrete is not noted for its fluid softness, and yet it is a liquid. We wanted our concrete to tell its own story – to retain the liquidness of its process.”

Seams and Veins (david Mackie)


This art piece involves twelve Cornish granite boulders inlaid with bronze symbols and motifs representing the Diaspora counties where Cornish miners emigrated to including North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Entitled ‘Seams and Veins’, the boulders (originally sourced from Delank Quarry in Bodmin) also display a poem by Cornish artist and poet, Bob Devereux. This specially-commissioned work pays respect to the Cornish miners who “followed lodes across the globe”, taking their unique skills with them to make “fortunes mining the rand gold reef”.
The designs for the bronze motifs which have been inlaid into the granite boulders were created and inspired by local community groups including University of the 3rd Age, Redruth School, Pool Academy, Camborne Science and Community College, St John’s Primary School and Cornwall College, Camborne.
The Seams and Veins boulders are within Heartlands’ five Diaspora Gardens, positioned to follow the patterns of the mineral lodes running deep underground. The inlaid bronze on each of the boulders is an alloy of copper and tin, key minerals in Cornish mining.


Matter of Time Totems (Nicky Neate)

This distinctive artwork at the centre of Heartlands goes against the grain of the ‘please do not touch’ approach often found in galleries. The twelve totem poles have two sides on each of the structures blank to allow visitors to add their own creative input to the piece.

Artist Nicky Neate worked with local school, Pool Academy to create the Matter of Time Totems which were crafted from 150-year old pitch pine wooden beams originally used at Holman’s of Camborne in the 19th Century.

Matter of Time Totems Heartlands

Using discarded metal objects found on the disused mine at Robinson’s Shaft before construction of Heartlands had commenced, students worked closely with the artist to create a graphical alphabet with each object relating to a letter. Once the alphabet was complete, the students created a poem which was translated into these special hieroglyphics and turned into copper, steel and zinc stencils to decorate the totems.

Visitors to Heartlands will not only be asked to uncover the poem by decoding the symbols, but also be invited to graffiti the empty space on the totem poles, leaving their own distinctive mark on this inspirational new cultural space.

reflections (Kingsley Baird and genevieve packer)

Reflections - the Bobel Textile Project - is about the links between Cornwall and New Zealand and draws inspiration from the characteristics of both peoples: ingenuity, creativity, resourcefulness, practicality, adaptability, perseverance, cultural preservation, and flexibility.

The piece is an expression of cross-cultural and global co-creation. Local Cornish craftsmen Michael Johnson of the copperworks created a traditional Cornish fishing net out of copper; local school children and students were asked to draw images inspired by “lost words”; and local knitting groups were asked to recreate the patterns of traditional Cornish fishermen's jumpers all of which were interpreted into this art installation by New Zealand based artists, Kingsley Baird and Genevieve Packer, and hung in the Chi an Bobel Great Hall.

The piece is a result of a partnership between Heartlands and Massey University, New Zealand, whose funding helped make the work a reality. 

mineral wall (michael rowE)

Our relationship with metals, especially tin and copper, and their mineral origins is the inspiration behind Michael Rowe’s Mineral Wall. References and resonances circulate within the visual structures around three themes; fire, gravity and life cycle. Fire is at the heart of metals and metalworking and expressed in this artwork using numerous small plates of copper, heat-treated to give a rich red colour. Mass, weight and the physicality of metals are explored by casting tin around sheets of copper, expressing form and the effects of gravity. The life cycle of metals, from the smelting and refining of ores and the processes that make them useful to man, through to their eventual decay and return to the earth, is explored through a series of plates treated in the manner of a folio of prints.








Pool Way-marker (wolfgang buttress)


The sculpture is a sphere suggesting the Earth. When illuminated at night one can see the thousands of perforations laser cut into the cor ten steel.

The Pool Way-Marker celebrates the transformation of Pool and the creation of Heartlands. This commission is situated at the heart of Pool Village and acts as a visual landmark for pedestrian, cyclists and passing motorists, becoming a beacon which will help to provide a sense of place for the local community.

The Way-Marker aims to create a new heart into an area that has become soulless by the loss of some of its oldest buildings and the imposition of a new highway layout, that bears no relation to the historic shape, or scale, of the original village centre. This highly visible artwork, is fabricated with culturally significant, robust and sustainable materials and aims to create a sense of pride amongst the local community both as a physical landmark and cultural ‘marker’.


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