Part of the Norfolk Way Art Trail, Flock by toyStudio is formed of a collection of curved, metallic, tubes which vary in length and twist upwards around a larger central spiral. It is inspired by flights of birds, schools of fish and the swarms of eels, which are synonymous with Diss Mere and the nearby River Waveney. It also represents the movements of Diss’ own residents, just as the Mere’s wildlife has migrated to Diss over the years, many different communities have arrived in Diss and explored its culture and heritage.
Diss-based writer, Bel Greenwood, delivered a series of creative workshops in Diss, gathering memories and stories from the local community to create a poem. The poem is imprinted on the artwork, reflecting people’s responses to Diss’ landscape, culture and heritage.
The artwork responds directly to the Mere, with its form evoking its mysterious depth. The artwork’s creator, toyStudio, reflects the uniqueness of the Mere, complementing the environment it sits in. Some Flock members are highlighted in yellow, green, blue, and purple, colours which reference Diss’ historic cloth and linen market.
The other artworks which form the Norfolk Way Art Trail are Iron Reef at Reedham Ferry Inn, Honing Passage at Honing Station, Interval at Eastbourne Place in Norwich and Flint at Norwich Arts Centre.