Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness is a sculpture and seat in the Angel Building in London. The shape of the piece was generated by allowing treacle to fall from a spoon - the resulting form was then inverted. The unit comprises an oval seating area from which extends a narrow twenty two metre high spar. The title is taken from the motto on the Lyles Black Treacle tin which, in turn is a reference to a story in the Old Testament. It is fabricated from carbon fibre which is both strong and very light enabling it to be incredibly slender. At the foot of the piece is a seating area upholstered in leather by designer Bill Amberg.
Client: Derwent London Contract value: not disclosed Project start date: January 2009 Completion date/status: October 2010
Arrival and Departure, Plymouth
Plymouth is the place where Sir Francis Drake played bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada; the point of emigration for the Mayflower, its Pilgrims and countless others setting sail for America; where Darwin set sail on the Beagle and birthplace of Scott the polar explorer. This new artwork for the University at Plymouth entitled Arrival and Departure formed part of the University's 150th year celebrations and completes James Square, a new mixed used development comprising a residential building, refectory and the new Rolle Building by David Morley Architects.The piece comprises two opposing forms redolent of nautical bollards. Monuments to journeys. While referring to the many historic voyages starting and ending in Plymouth they also mark the journeys taken by students, both physical and through time.The pieces were hand carved from solid blocks of local granite from the De Lank Quarry in nearby Bodmin Moor, just over thirty miles away from Plymouth.
Client: Plymouth University Contract value: not disclosed Completion date: May 2011
King of the Castle, Riverwalk
King of the Castle is both sculpture and children's play object. It was designed for the new Riverwalk development by Stanton Williams Architects near Millbank in London. The piece would be cast in bronze with a fluted profile and would polish through use over time.
This is a proposal for a shelter or bandstand. It is an aluminium structure cast from three identical forms that are then welded together. They can then be finished in a resilient bronze or painted bright colours. We have worked with engineers to test the shelters structurally establishing that they can be made from aluminium as thin as 8mm throughout - the unique folded form providing inherent stiffness. All rainwater is collected in the centre of the legs and taken to below ground drainage or a soakaway. Over time the rainwater will form an attractive patina in the valleys of the shelters allowing them to age gracefully.
Swimmy, Heddon Street
We have been working with the Crown Estate on a new piece over the entrance to Heddon Street, a small pedestrianised road running off Regent Street. The street has a large number of restaurants along it and the Estate wanted a piece that would symbolise the Regent Street Food Quarter. Swimmy is a sculpture made up of over 1500 forks arranged in the form of a large fish.
Client: The Crown Estate Contract value: £90K Project start date: January 2010 Completion date/status: awaiting funding
Sea Memorial, Valentia Island
This is a memorial to those lost at sea around the island of Valentia in the Republic of Ireland. The piece continues the theme established in by ‘Arrival and Departure’ in Plymouth. The shape of a nautical bollard is referenced but this time as a single form. It represents the notion of a departure with no arrival. No return. The piece will be carved from a single block of Kilkenny limestone and polished to a smooth satin finish. A simple inscription will be engraved on the rear of the memorial.