Standing In the grounds of St John’s Innovation park, a 21-acre plot which houses several state-of-the-art office buildings designed to house businesses of varying sizes, Hatch is comprised of three large steel segments that when brought together create a fully formed 2.5 metre tall steel egg. Positioned in front of the Sir Maurice Wilkes building, from which it takes its inspiration, these cracked shell-like sculptures are adorned with dissipating markings of binary code, representing the story of the famed Cambridge-based computer scientist; Maurice Wilkes.

A sculptural art intervention that references the incubation and cultivation of these new businesses within the innovation park, Hatch’s cracked-egg form represents the birth of these new ventures.

Hand-welded from steel and sprayed with a bronze liquid metal paint on the outer – a colour matched to that of the outside of the Maurice Wilkes building – the inside of each structure has been coated with a matte black paint to allow the binary code cut-outs to appear as if glowing when looked at from within. The movement of the sun causes binary patterns to appear in shadow on the surrounding paving throughout the day.


The Facts:


2.5 x 5 x 5m


Verometal coated steel


Cambridge Council


Cambridge, UK

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