10 July 2012

Local residents are being urged to donate unwanted boots and shoes to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery for a forthcoming eco-art installation, as part of a county wide project - Global Footprint.

Field, by British designer Dominic Wilcox is one of the many installations being showcased over the coming months, as part of Global Footprint - an innovative programme of contemporary visual and digital artworks, exhibitions and various community and school workshops, dedicated to celebrating Northamptonshire’s long-standing boot and shoe industry.

The installation will feature hundreds of shoe laces in the air growing towards the light creating a field of green on a bed of earth and will be showcased at several surprising and unexpected locations around the county over the coming months. Shoes of all sizes, preferably in darker shades of brown and black are required for the installation and all shoes must have eyelets.

Residents should drop off their unwanted shoes and boots to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery quoting the Global Footprint project, and include their name and contact email address so project organisers can keep them updated on whether their shoe makes the masterpiece.

Field is an imaginative installation that the project organisers hope will help connect the public with the county’s shoe heritage and is the first of a series of artworks that aim to raise awareness of the continuing importance of the industry to the national and international economic, creative and cultural profile of Northamptonshire.

Other Global Footprint events taking place around the county include, Foot Steps – a family-orientated indoor and outdoor shoe heritage puzzle by Birmingham based theatre company Stans Café, Printed – a 3km trail of giant footsteps across the Northamptonshire landscape and a series of sound-art installations and musical compositions created by artist Robert Jarvis that incorporate the rhythms and stories of the shoe industry.

Global Footprint is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands and is supported by Igniting Ambition. Partners to the project include Northampton Museum and Arts Gallery, Northamptonshire County Council, University of Northampton, Northampton Arts Collective and several independent museum and heritage organisations across the county.