The sun came out so I managed to get some nice images of Focal Point.
This week I installed the sculpture for Knights Wood with fabricators ArcFab. The material is Bead Blasted Stainless Steel, it stands about 2.8 meters high at the focal point of a long shallow water feature. Once it is paved in I'll get some final pics.
The pattern is based on a Penrose Tile grid (chosen for its fractal nature), the cutout shapes are all leaves, cones and other natural forms collected from the local woodland. To accompany the sculpture I am running a series of creative workshops with Year 2 students from Skinners Kent Primary School which is adjacent to the site.
This week I am installing my new 'Atomic Fever' sculpture in a large Silver Poplar tree in a beautiful park in Bad Homburg. These pics are from day 1, today we constructed and positioned the core structure, which amounts to approx 30% of the finished piece, I have two more days to finish off. Hope the sun keeps shining.
The Blickachsen installation team are doing an excellent job, thanks everyone...
Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer is set among 13 acres of beautiful private gardens in the Buckinghamshire village of Fulmer, just outside of West London. The gardens were originally laid out between 1890 and 1925 by Sir Harry Legge, a personal aide-de-camp to both Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. During this period the gardens were often visited by members of the Royal Family – including Queen Victoria herself – who would ‘plant’ rare or exotic sample trees in the gardens to mark their visits. Many of these can still be found in the now mature gardens. The current owners took over the gardens in 1990 and began a process of discovery, uncovering forgotten ponds and water gardens and clearing back the most overgrown areas of woodland to reveal their former glory.
For the inaugural exhibition we have selected a diverse and vibrant group of artists working in a broad range of media. Each sculptor is exploring the idea of sculpture within their own practice, and bringing to it a new approach that acknowledges the history of the discipline while driving it forward into new territories. Several of the artists are making work in response to the gardens or making site-specific installations.
Artists will include:
James Balmforth, Clare Burnett, James Capper, Mat Chivers, Cedric Christie, Heywood & Condie, Alex Hoda, Nick Hornby, Adeline de Monseignat, Simon Linington, David Murphy, Will Nash, Nika Neelova, Nathaniel Rackowe, Amy Stephens, Julian Wild, Samuel Zealey
A full program of visitor events and further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
I'm proud to be included in this line up, for more info go to - http://williambeningtongallery.co.uk/sculptural
Got a spiky new sculpture finished this afternoon
Experimenting with 5-fold non periodic tiling overlaying Penrose patterns with leaves found at Knights Wood in Tunbridge Wells for a new project titled 'Focal Point'
12 tons of Fittleworth stone cut ready for installing in the spring, part of a project in progress titled 'Bridging the Gap'
I have a series of maquettes, including 'Three Cut Cubes' in the Think Pieces exhibition at Cass Sculpture Foundation.
This exhibition offers an exceptional insight into the archive of the Foundation as a selection of maquettes are brought into the main gallery for public display.
Think Pieces continues until 10 February, 2017
Some lovely new images taken by Anthony Carr of Fever at Burghley House. The exhibition is on till October.
I have a small painted steel piece in the Friends’ Summer Exhibition of over over eighty donated works is now on at Swansea Grand Theatre.
It will run until the evening of 29 July when all the work will be auctioned to support the Glynn Vivian 2016 Fund.
The Auction begins at 7pm with Registration to Bid at 6pm.
For more info and images visit http://www.friendsoftheglynnvivian.com/gallery.php
WILL NASH & JULIAN WILD
At the William Benington Gallery
Join us for drinks from 6.30pm
Artists in conversation from 7pm
We hope that you can join us on Tuesday 21 June to hear Will Nash discuss his current solo exhibition Element with fellow WBG artist Julian Wild. Both artists will be happy to answer questions afterwards.
“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.” - Igor Stravinsky
William Benington Gallery is excited to announce Element, the first solo exhibition by Will Nash at the gallery.
My latest Fever installation is now in position in a big old Ash tree at Burghley House, Stamford. The exhibition will open in May, details to follow.
At last the sculptures at Broomhill are all done and signed off, access to the whole sea defence is now open to all so come along and have a look, it's an amazing piece of engineering to construct something on this scale (the sea defence not my sculptures). The project team worked on the scheme for over 70 weeks, with approximately 80 people involved continuously. The sculptures feel very at home here and have immediately been scrambled all over by visiting kids.
For more info and images of the Away project Click Here
Another site visit today, all three sculptures are standing, this one has the shingle bank filled in around it. There are a few snagging issues to resolve, but we will hopefully be complete next week.
I have a talk coming up next month in Lewes, I'll be talking about making art in the public realm, from getting commissions to working with developers and local councils.
Another Broomhill Sands site visit today, two of the three sculptures are complete and ready for the shingle bank to be packed around them. The last sculpture will start in the new year.
Visited the site at Broomhill Sands this afternoon, Dave and his team are making good progress. After all this time looking at CAD drawings its great to finally see the material reality of the sculptures taking shape.