New art project from Big Bath City Bid artist Neville Gabie

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Post by OliverH on Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:15 am


Share your football stories and photos at www.cambridgerules1848.com, a new football art project from Big Bath City Bid (and, er, Olympic Park) artist Neville Gabie. The project celebrates the creation of the Cambridge Rules in 1848, a precursor of the modern laws of football. The submissions will be displayed in Cambridge next year and collected in a book.


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New Cambridge public art project asks football fans
to tell their favourite stories

What’s your favourite football story? Where do you watch – or play – the beautiful game?
These are some of the intriguing questions an exciting new public art project for Cambridge is
asking the world to answer, creating a truly global window on how football is experienced and
has developed to become the planet’s favourite sport – all from one small part of our city.

Cambridge Rules 1848 this week launches a website at www.cambridgerules1848.com, on which
people can leave their cherished stories of what makes the sport so special to them. Already, football
fans from Buenos Aires to Cambridge itself have begun leaving images of their favourite ground,
shirt – or even tattoo. The stories don’t necessarily have to be connected with a team – the intention
is simply to gather together the world’s first archive of what football means to the masses.

The Cambridge Rules 1848 website is a key part of a new public art commission by Cambridge City
Council and supported by the National Football Museum and, shortly, an international partner.
It commemorates the seismic moment at which football as we know it had formalised laws.

First nailed to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece in Cambridge by a group of the city’s University
students in 1848, from there, the laws of the game spread to encompass every corner of the world.
The commission signifies the importance of Parker’s Piece as the birth place of football not only
within the City of Cambridge, but both nationally and internationally.

Carina O’Reilly, Executive Councillor for City Centre and Public Places, said: “It’s great for the
council to be part of this celebration of football, and that ordinary people will be central to the
project. It’s a people’s artwork to celebrate the people’s game.”

Artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie will also mark this moment in physical form on Parker’s Piece
with a large stone cut into nine, engraved with the original 1848 laws of the game in different
languages. The four cornerstones, installed this autumn, will stay on Parker’s Piece, the others travel
to five football-loving countries across the planet in a cultural exchange.

As the project continues, there will also be the chance for fans to upload their favourite football
songs or chants, memorabilia and images of their local pitches. And in 2017, the football stories,
images and sounds gathered from around the world will be displayed on Parker’s Piece – celebrating
Cambridge’s role in the story of football – and will also be gathered together in a book.

To upload your story or enjoy the early submissions go to www.cambridgerules1848.com
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Post by comrade powell on Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:37 pm

You look very stern there!
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Post by OliverH on Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:53 pm

Haha yes I was attempting to impersonate a stoic, grim-faced 1960s footballer to match the vintage City shirt!
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Post by kermit on Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:01 pm

You've got the shirt on back to front or inside out, or is the city badge in some foreign language!!!
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Post by Steve Whites Missus on Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:22 pm

I assume photo taken in mirror. Although potentially naked from the waist down!

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Post by OliverH on Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:28 pm

It's not THAT kind of "art project" Very Happy

Yes photo taken with Macbook Photo Booth which reverses the image - didn't realise that at the time
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