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!
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!
Whilst manning at Esotera I’ve been watching a pigeon nesting. Visitors can’t believe it at such a late time of year. Well, she’s had babies! It’s providing additional interest for visitors to Esotera! Meanwhile, new life is sprouting through my installation – grass growing rapidly after all the rain and mushrooms are finding it a perfect haven. Nature is once again doing its magic and I’m loving the enhancement. Here’s to our final day – let’s hope the sun shines for us all!
The last fortnight has been a rather mad whirlwind leading to SAW’s opening, managing both my venues between other day-to-day commitments, testing my sanity. Miraculously, the Garden of Eden came together on time. With the support and help of good friends and a few late nights finishing off, I managed to complete my 3 installations at Esotera, set up at Thornreed Studio (venue 94), get to the Abundance micro feast at East Lambrook, do a talk and workshop on the first Saturday and thoroughly enjoy chatting to visitors for the past week. Thanks to Pauline Watson and team, the Harveys (owners at Esotera) and Hicks & Don (wine sponsors) for their hard work, food and drink contributions to the private view, it was a lovely event.
I asked a photographer (from 35mil) to take some pics of the work. We re-scheduled 3 times due to poor weather and it was third time lucky when the sun finally broke through after a dull, cold day. Dappled sunlight heightens the enchantment on the largest piece – lichen-inspired work set in a copse of silver birch trees. What’s really needed now is more sunshine to do its magic over this last coming weekend to encourage a wider, more abundant audience.
I’ve received many appreciative, insightful comments about the Garden of Eden and yesterday was a particularly good day at Esotera, with a large range of visitors of all ages. A friend even made a visit from above in a glider. Grass is starting to grow through my main installation, and although I regularly collect some of the leaves/debri that fall onto the work (especially after high winds last week), they almost enhance it. The work is settling into the site – perhaps it should remain a permanent feature! Gengis the cat is enjoying the extra attention and Scruffy – one of the free-roaming chickens – has an odd habit of pecking at visitors’ feet/legs! Ahh sweet!
I am feeling positive about the whole experience, apart from poor weather at times bringing less visitors (and a few recoiling when faced with the NGS entrance fee). It has been hard work, challenging, great fun, addictive even – and I think, successful.