Surrey artist, Julie Hoyle, was commissioned to create an original work for the Guildford Station underpass to bring a sense of place, identity and welcome for those using the station. Julie collaborated with local historians, institutions and residents to research the history of Guildford and its environs immersing herself in the stories and landmarks of the town and the nearby Surrey Hills. Host, references places, people and events past and present, celebrating the unique heritage, successful industry and diverse culture of Guildford.
‘I intend the work to be uplifting, perhaps creating, as public art consultant, Marc Pally, put it “a rupture in pedestrian life”. A belief that as you view public art, “your progress through the space is slowed down.” I hope this work will cause a mental diversion from the usual commute through the subway and make the viewer consider all that Guildford offers them…’
Julie Hoyle, Artist
The making of Host
Host is an original artwork commissioned and funded by a partnership formed of: Network Rail, Cross Country Trains, Great Western Railway, Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, South Western Railway, The Community Rail Network, The Arts Society, The Arts Society Guildford and Guildford Arts.