An artist who is one of the people featured in the Home Sweet Home art projection underneath the arches is delighted it is such a unique project which was open to everyone.
Pippa North, artist in residence at Queens Park Centre, said: “It’s wonderful that Aylesbury has something so innovative and inclusive. Trying out new technology and having the man in the street taking part in an amazing piece of artwork.”
Miss North is shown speaking about her love of collecting things. She said: “I’m interested in the world about me and the environment and how we can share the world. My home is full of collections of things that enable me to work with people – feathers and recycled and natural items.”
Miss North admits she was incredibly nervous about taking part. “I wasn’t particularly relaxed about the whole process of being filmed. But I love the idea of the artwork and it being about ordinary people. I love the idea of it showcasing the diversity of Aylesbury and the surrounding area.”
Born in Aldershot Miss North says “a long and complicated wandering journey” brought her to Aylesbury 30 years ago.
Two of her three children were born in the town. Now a grandmother, she lives in Swanbourne with her partner and believes she will stay in the Vale.
“It’s the people that I like,” she said. “I have very good friends here and Queens Park means a lot to me, as do the local communities and the children. It’s a smallish place, you can have more intimate relationships in a smaller town.
“There are amazing groups, volunteers and communities here. I know they are everywhere, but these are the ones I know so I’d like to champion them.”
The £28,000 3D art projection, funded by Arts Council England, aims to promote the town centre night time economy. Lasting 10 minutes it runs on a continuous loop every evening from 5.30-11pm until mid November.
Fifteen people from all walks of life were interviewed, talking about where they live. The participants include a man who lives on a canal boat, a disabled man whose home has been specially adapted, a woman who likes to cover her home with Christmas lights in December and a man whose mother belonged to the first Asian family to settle in the town.
Jack Peeters, an independent town and country planner, lives in a converted milking parlour in Oving with his wife Mary and is seen playing his saxophone in the video.
He said: “They were looking for people who lived in various types of housing and were aware I had been involved in this barn conversion that had won a design award.”
The barn still retains the appearance of an agricultural building and has some of the original cow stalls with yokes as room dividers.
Mr Peeters said: “We kept as many of the original timbers as possible, the roof is almost exactly as it was. We used a lot of environmentally friendly things, sheep wool insulation, rainwater harvesting, environmentally friendly paint.
“We’re surrounded by countryside and whatever we do we can’t disturb the neighbours which is useful because I play the saxophone. It’s our dream home with beautiful views. I love the countryside and the villages and the people here. We try to get involved with lots of community issues, I’m on the parish council and am chairman of the tennis club.”
When the interviews were completed everyone who had taken part was invited to a reception at the Waterside Theatre prior to the first showing of the video underneath the arches in October.
Mr Peeters, who has two daughters and two grandchildren, said: “It’s a very interesting little film, quite amusing. It gets you interested in the people and how they live, but it only scratches the surface. I felt I wanted to know more about the people in the film.”