Streetscape / Pavement Jewellery


Artist Liam Curtin worked with 5 local artists to develop a public artwork for the Cowley Road.
Part of the InSite project which also led to Pavement Jewellery.

Streetscape / Pavement Jewellery


Soon the streets will be paved with gold
 and a strange and shiny mystery will unfold…

Pavement Jewellery is a series of 58 bronze ingots that were designed and laid into the pavement along Cowley Road in front of and relating to certain shops or landmarks.
Part of the InSite project, Pavement Jewellery features a permanent puzzle to be uncovered through a dialogue with and between the local population. Each ingot presents a puzzle to figure out a hidden quote that connects them, which has a special significance to the area. Follow the map to solve the puzzle!
The Public Art work was launched on the 18th November 2005 by Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Robert Price. 

It is a unique public art work for the Cowley Road, Oxford, created by artists Liam Curtin, Katy Beinart, Emily Fuller, Helen McKeith, Gerard Hanson, Emma Reynard and Jane Walton.

This commission was part of the InSite participatory public art commissions run by Fusion, and was the 5th commission completed as part of a community-led public Arts Programme in East Oxford, aiming to establish the central role of the arts in the long term regeneration of the area.
The work involved a range of creative approaches to find unique titbits of knowledge, diverse personal and social histories, odd facts and evolutions, which were creatively rendered into iconic images about the road’s history and character.
The ingots reflect the unique history and evolution of the road – a kind of time capsule for the collective knowledge of the local community for future generations.
Each ingot has a pair. Find all 28 pairs then you can try to figure out a hidden quote that connects them, which has a special significance to the area.
Identify a pair, do a brass rubbing of them and send to Fusion with your interpretation and you could win a souvenir t-shirt!

Fusion were pleased to award Ian Balmer of Oxford the prize winning Bronze Ingot for being the first to solve the Pavement Jewellery puzzle! Ian was the first to come up with the answer… and so receives the prize of the winning ingot bearing the secret inscription! 

A delighted Ian said “I will give the ingot to my daughter, it’s part of our history.”
Watch a film about the Ingots made by students of OVFM here