Your right to continued existence [Cally colour chart] (2016)
Public light poem: 4m dot matrix screen, 12 x 1.2m RGB LED luminaires, custom control software.

eleven windsocks for Brunel (2019-20)
Galvanised steel, ripstop nylon. Brunel University, London.

Stereo pair [two listening devices](2021)
Pre-cast recycled concrete 2 x (3m x 3m x 3m)

NOTICE [Power written with flowers] (2000)
Public planting, planning notices and post card. Installed on a flower bed built to commemorate 50th aniversary of Second World War. Islington Green, London.


Razzle Dazzle Boogie Woogie [a partially camouflaged leisure centre] (2013)
External sound reactive glass rainscreen facade, Lewisham Glass Mill Leisure Centre.

Legacy (2011-ongoing)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Forest Gate, Rose bush, security grill, c-type prints, magnets and live video link to Artists garden.


eleven windsocks for Brunel draws on the Brunel Universities aviation context and history. Installed atop the original 1960’s campus buildings, the work considers Brunel’s close proximity to Heathrow, the world’s second busiest airport.

The five-strip windsocks are designed to comply with standard FAA aviation specifications, used by pilots to determine wind direction and speed. His modest alteration to the two-colour design standard has been to change the palette to reflect the plumage of birds found in and around Heathrow Airport and the Brunel University Campus.


stereo pair [two listening devices] is a permanent installation of six pre-cast concrete forms combined to form two interrelating sculptures that invite users to listen to ambient sound within the John Crank Gardens.

stereo pair [two listening devices] references pre-radar aircraft listening devices, and a horn based on the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory Gramophone. The pre-cast concrete elements include aggregate recycled from the former John Crank Building, demolished whilst Phil Coy was in residence at Brunel.

The structure of each listening device mirrors its environment and the architectural heritage of Brunel University Campus. The three structures create a social space for performance, whilst also enhancing sight and sound lines across the garden.


Scope: Design for a semi-permanent embedded artwork (20yrs)
Location: Caledonian Road / Caledonian Road Overground Bridge
Islington Borough Council
Project Status:
Project completion:
Spring 2016

Your right to continued existence (Cally colour chart) is a light poem a public art work for Caledonian Road situated under the well-known local landmark The Cally bridge.

The work is drawn from the Caledonian road’s provocative history. Coy researched and discussed the work with the areas immediate communities to develop names and colours that made reference to the areas rich history. People living or working in the area were invited to propose a colour for the work via the website Cally colour chart.

The work pays homage to the Caledonian Road´s extraordinarily diverse communities and context and subverts those familiar colour charts used in architecture, fashion, design and other industries, that seek to brand and determine our unique experience of colour.

The final Cally colour chart includes over 200 hues. The work illuminates the underneath of the bridge displaying one colour at a time, whilst the name given to that colour will scroll across a dot matrix screen. Passing traffic on the Caledonian Road and trains on the London Overground will trigger each colour to fade in to the next.

Islington Council has commissioned the work with funding from Transport for London.

See: CallyColourChart.info for further details

Cally Colour Chart is included on AIR's Kings Cross Field Map


Scope: Design for a permanent architectural embedded artwork
Location: Opposite Lewisham DLR, London
Architects: LA Architects / Assael Architects
Lewisham Borough Council
Commission Consultant: Futurecity
Project Status:

Based on Dazzle Camouflage Razzle Dazzle is a grid of square or 'pixelated' glass panels in a pattern of ten corporate colours that suggest a low-resolution digital screen spanning the façade of the building. Integrated into this ‘screen’ are backlit LED luminaries, microphones and custom software that react to and reflect the soundscape of the Borough of Lewisham.

Versions of Dazzle Camouflage were designed by artists during WW1 and WW2 including the Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth to help protect ships from attack. In contrast to camouflage that aims to blend with contextual elements in order to disrupt our depth perception Dazzle Camouflage is disorderly and creates distinctions between each element making it hard to differentiate between any one element within the design.