A PEOPLE’S PECULIAR (2012)
a compendium of objects, artefacts and stories collected and created during the making of On Landguard Point.
A People’s Peculiar is a body of objects, artefacts and stories that were collected and created during the making of On Landguard Point, a Pacitti Company project that was the east of England's submission to Artists Taking the Lead, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Inspired by the histories and culture of the east of England, Pacitti Company worked with thousands of people across the region’s six counties. We created a feature film, presented a series of site specific events and gathered many stories and local knowledge from residents and visitors. This compendium of material, drawn from all over the east of England, has been curated into a permanent public exhibition at Abbot’s Hall, the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk.
From this material, we created 205 symbols to represent ideas of home, inspired by the region’s flora and fauna, myth and legend, history and geography, everyday life and popular culture. You can explore these symbols online or at Abbot’s Hall.
These symbols were then transformed into silver charms by Suffolk-based jewellery-maker Victoria Constable, using Silver Clay. Each charm has a unique story to tell and comes with a detachable ‘OLP’ tag, linking it to the location and providing the context for the design.
An identical set of charms was buried at locations across the region in domestic back gardens during staged archaeological digs, as part of the Dig and Sow project. They remain hidden, for future generations to discover by accident.
A People’s Peculiar also features unusual items that can be found at the museum.