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Cambridge Rules 1848 – Parker’s Piece Public Art Commission

Cambridge Rules 1848 commemorates the moment at which football as we know it had formalised laws. These were 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.

Neville Gabie-durban-street-drawingArtists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie are creating a sculpture for Parker’s Piece, Cambridge with a large stone cut into nine, engraved with the original 1848 laws of the game in different languages. The four cornerstones stay on Parker’s Piece, the others travel to five football-loving countries across the planet in a cultural exchange.

Public art project asks football fans across the world to tell their favourite football stories

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.

Jeremy Hunt in Brazil Shirt. Itamambuca, Brazil, 2015What’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 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.

The Cambridge Rules 1848 website invites people to leave their  stories of what makes the sport so special to them. Already, football fans from the temples of football at Villa Park, La Bombonera and the Maracanã Stadium have begun leaving images of their favourite ground, shirt – or even tattoo. The stories don’t necessarily have to be connected with the team you support – the intention is simply to gather together the world’s first archive of what football means to the masses.

To upload your story or enjoy the early submissions go to http://www.cambridgerules1848.com/

The Cambridge Rules 1848 website is part of a new public art commission by Cambridge City Council, supported by the National Football Museum and, shortly, an international partner.  For more information please contact Ben East at info@cambridgerules1848.com  T: 0161 434 0207


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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