urban design

Following is a brief outline on how to commission work by John Atkin, and a list of pieces already done for the public and private sector. Highlighted are pieces that can be viewed as case studies above.

Commissioning Guidance for Clients

If you are commissioning John to carry out a public art project, here are some points to consider:

  • clarify your objectives in relation to the project;
  • early involvement with John on the project is advisable;
  • identify the project team, including the commissioners, project architect, landscape designer and engineers;
  • supply a brief that sets out John's role clearly and covers the aims of the project, fees, budget, timescales and technical issues;
  • agree a contract that states the terms of your involvement and commitments, including production, installation and maintenance;
  • in consultation with the commissioner, John will develop preliminary designs for a fee;
  • public consultation can be a vital role in the successful development of projects and John will worh with you on this aspect of the project for an agreed fee. Consider if public envolvement includes schools, local interest groups, government etc;
  • work with the artist to devise an effective marketing plan, paying particular attention to public relations, publicity cards, catalogues, radio, tv, reviews etc;

If in doubt contact John Atkin.

Commissions and Urban Design


By Hook or by Crook.


Pound Mill. Site-specific public commission; Staines Spellthorne Borough Council
K+20. Urban Regeneration Scheme, public sculpture for Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Morton Palms. Organised by Commissions North, Newcastle upon Tyne. Collaboration with Red Box Design, Architects and funded by City & Northern (Developers).
De-ringing the ring road. Lead Artist appointed by Kent County Council to collaborate with Whitelaw Turkington Architects on urban regeneration project in Ashford Kent.


NZ323135, Morton Palms, Phase 1, Darlington, Co. Durham, UK.
Bowes Moor, Engineering Innovation Centre, Holywell Park, UK

2004 Dal Fabrro's Chariot, Beetham Tower, Liverpool, UK
The Klansman, Burgh Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E.
Sentinel, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney. Private collection, Robert Holmes a Court. Perth
2003 The Signaler, The Rushes, Loughborough, UK
The Navigator, Orwell Riverside Development, Ipswich, UK
2002 Railway Rumble, Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street, London, UK
1998 Brindleyplace plc, Birmingham, UK
1996 Brindleyplace plc, Birmingham, UK
1991 The Outsider, Carrick Hill, Adelaide, Australia
1989 The Watcher, Hartlepool Marina Development, Cleveland, UK
1988 Iron Rations, Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Australia
Watchman, Tsukaba Expo 85, Japan
Mies van der Rohe, KIUK, London
Mies van der Rohe, KIUK, Paris
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