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The Cambridge Rules legacy publication and bookwork is now available

One hundred and sixty five years after a group of students from Cambridge University first nailed their rules of the game of football to a tree, Cambridge City Council agreed to undertake a public art commission to celebrate the ‘Cambridge Rules’ and acknowledge the important role that Parker’s Piece played in the birth of football not just in Cambridge, but nationally and internationally.

Unusual and collectable, this artist bookwork is a scale model of the sculptural piece that sits on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. It is a journey through Neville Gabie and Alan Ward’s commissioned work, to celebrate the birthplace of football as we know it at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge. It explores the history of the first written rules, the development of the physical piece, the collaboration with Street Child United, and the cultural exchange with the international partners in Brazil, China, Egypt, India and Kenya. The book also reproduces many varied submissions to the website from the project’s international audience, and is liberally scattered with additional QR coded content that exists on-line, including video and audio.

Technical details: 800 pages, exposed bound with a printed card sleeve, 2 bookmarks and a bespoke box.

Dimensions: 140mm high by 60mm wide and deep
ISBN: 978-1-9164089-0-6
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La Vojo Returne – new project announcement


This is the Esperanto title of the book Der Weg Zurück (The Road Back), a first edition translation of the novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. It is commonly regarded as the sequel to his 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front.

Its most salient feature is the main characters’ pessimism about contemporary society which, they feel, is morally bankrupt.

Click here for project page.

Cambridge Rules 1848, book laser dummy, spine detail


We are reaching the point in the project where the final stone will be installed in Egypt and the book can be printed and published. There will be more images and announcements about this shortly.

This image shows the extent of the publication, 800pp in 32pp sections. It will be exposed bound, so I’ve been experimenting with adding details to the sections that can be read once bound. It will be a miniature scale version of the sculpture with a sleeve. Here, the sections have been squeezed between two pieces of sample stone for the sculpture.



A recent glass negative purchase with next year’s Mid Pennine Arts commission ‘Fellowship of the Wheel’ in mind.

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