Last week I installed my Lichen and Giant Nest for Glastonbury Abbey’s Orchard Sculpture Trail – summer ’14. This is now the fourth showing of Lichen since it’s installation for the Abundance commission last autumn. This time the challenge was to construct Lichen around and up a tree in the Abbey Orchard, which took several days to install! It will be on exhibition until 28th September ’14, as will my Giant Nest – so plenty of time to go and visit them there.
A new exhibition starts this Saturday entitled ‘Of Form and Texture’ at Sidcot Arts Centre, in which some of my work will be on show as part of a selected group: Diane Burnell, Sara Parsons, Debbie Lamb and Laura Howarth are also taking part. My Lichen piece – made originally for the Abundance commission (Garden of Eden) – has now been re-installed as part of the exhibition. It took nearly 2 days to install (thanks to the help of friend Nigel Evans), but is now up and ready for the Launch event on Saturday. It’s interesting to see how it changes – a re-invention each time I install.
3 of my sculptures have been on show outside the entrance of Sidcot Arts Centre since February, the first set of work for their new Outdoor Sculpture Programme. One of these featured pieces is Giant Nest – also created originally for the Abundance commission (Garden of Eden).
Below are details of the exhibition – please come along!
I have been made aware that a better image is required….here is the enlargement which hopefully makes things clearer. If you really want to know more visit http://www.lolcats.com/ but I must stress that I don’t spend any time on this site!!
I never thought I’d see a genuine LOL cat, but look at the marking’s on this cat’s side!
(I ought to add that I only know about LOL cats because of my son’s obsession, and because I read about them in the financial pages of the Guardian….)
Installation is now complete, and Julia Ridge phoned me this morning to suggest that with the weather being good, today would be a good opportunity to get some photos.
The journey from Kinston St Mary has unfortunately caused a small amount of damage to the thatching. On my way home, I managed to find a few reeds, and hope to return and make good in the next couple of days.
The cats obviously appreciate this work of art, as it provides a good look out point and scratching post. What more could you want, function as well as beauty!
Kitty Hillier and I have just held a joint exhibition of our work at Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath, entitled Blurred Edges. I re-installed part of my Abundance work for the exhibition – an interesting exercise re-creating a smaller version of the lichen-inspired piece, which crept up one corner of the chapel space. It was great seeing the work in a completely different setting – a wonderful large indoor space with high ceilings, white walls, and beautiful chapel windows. We had almost 500 visitors, a few who had also visited the Abundance Trail. No permanent home yet for my Abundance pieces, though plenty of interest, so my garden/studio will be their home for the time being.
Thursday 17th October saw an early start at Little Yarford Farmhouse, with the artist, garden owners, new owner of the Horn, and ‘the removal men’ (a team from Mark Butterfield Furniture) on site at 08.30 , AND it wasn’t raining!
Paul Ridge of Hazelmere, Hillcommon, is the new owner of the Horn of Plenty, and plans to install it on his land.
Paul said; ‘ When I first saw the Horn of Plenty I loved its shape, scale and how it looks different from every angle.’
The removal proved to be surprisingly straightforward (from a non participant), although we nearly lost a man in the pond!
Although some of these pictures are blurred, I like them, and I was walking backwards at speed on wet grass!
It rained all day until about 15.00 and then the sun came out. Not a single visitor (unless they came after I’d gone home). I can’t sit around all day, and so I went looking for ideas for my next project.
How about these for sculptural forms and colour? Horse chestnuts and a Hawthorn with big orange berries.