In 2008 Michael Pinsky was invited to develop a curatorial proposal for public artworks and interventions in Central Milton Keynes.
In response to this artists have been invited to interpret the Porte Cocheres and other covered walkways. These four temporary artworks are the result of this phase of work.
‘The three hundred and one Porte Cocheres populating the centre of Milton Keynes differentiate this town from any other in Britain. These structures, which resemble minimalist sculptures, offer temporary shelter to pedestrians crossing roads and act as markers for the grid of pedestrian routes which weaves through the town.
A Porte Cochere (French porte-cochère) literally ‘coach door’, is the architectural term for a porch or portico-like structure at the entrance to a building, through which it is possible for a horse and carriage or motor vehicle to pass, in order for the occupants to alight under cover, protected from the weather.’ Michael Pinsky curatorial report 2008