Public art Case Study(5 sided dice)

The sculpture that I have chosen is a set of 5 Gabeum cages with natural elements inside.
The Gabeums were created by myself (Charlotte Pegg) and Helina Hall. The ideas behind the cages were that they looked like a dice rolling down a hill .

The Gabeum sculptures are situated at Trentham estate, around the far side of the lake .

To create atmosphere they were placed in a shaded and covered part of the woods. The idea is that the gabeums would be hidden however all of them had a bright colour aspect to them which could be seen from a distance .

The name 5 sided dice represents the different Gabeums and what they show. They were created with nature in mind.
Carol Adams the manager oh Trentham had commissioned the pieces in 2016 and were finished later that year. The sculptures took 4 months to create .In an open brief , as we were told we had to create a sculpture from 5 metal cages.
The Gabeums were made by digging a ditch into the ground placeing the cage at an angle. Then logs were placed on both sides to secure them and also wooden pegs were added.

Regular wood paint was used keeping pinks and greens throughout the Gabeums. This attracted insects and other animals, and hedgehogs made homes underneath the cages.

Here was a large list of materials used to create the Gabeums :
  • Metal Gabeums x5
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire mesh
  • Acrylic squares
  • Bark
  • Hammer/ Mallet
  • Wooden pegs x 15
  • Bricks/stones/ twigs
  • Moss (lots of it!)
  • Fishing wire
  • Ferns
  • Logs
  • Pliers /scissors
  • Wheelbarrows
Pros and cons


  • Looks modern
  • Homes for nature
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Develops skills
  • Learned new skills
  • Communicated with the public


  • Difficult to make
  • Had to change designs as some materials could not be transported
  • Took a lot of time to make
  • Materials were hard to transport to the location
Cost of the project:

Gabeums x 5 = £125 the rest of the materials were given to us by Trentham these were all reused and recycled and the labour was free.

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