Insects commission – Dobbies, Shepton Mallet

UPDATE!

October ’09:  Now that the nights are drawing in, the insects have more chance of a night viewing.  The lighting is particularly effective on the Butterfly:

Butterfly at night

August ’09:  A new sign (wire lettering on copper) I made now stands amongst the plants and insects at Dobbies entrance – it took longer than I expected to make – here it is, looking aged already!

New sign

New sign

Insects with sign

June ’09:  I have just installed 7 pieces of work for permanent display at the new Dobbies Garden Centre in Shepton Mallet.  With a very tight deadline, working until the last minute, I was pleased to see my steel and wire insects finally in place!  The store opens mid-June.  Here are a few snaps of the work.

Butterfly - aprx. 120cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Butterfly - aprx. 120cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Butterfly - detail

Butterfly - detail

Dragonfly - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Dragonfly - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Dragonfly - detail

Dragonfly - detail

Bumblebee - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Bumblebee - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires

Bumblebee - detail

Bumblebee - detail

Beetle 40cms wire

Beetle 40cms wire

Caterpillar 40cms wire

Caterpillar 40cms wire

Spider 40cms wire

Dragonfly and Butterfly installed on site at Dobbies

Dragonfly and Butterfly installed on site at Dobbies

All 3 large insects installed at Dobbies entrance, Shepton

All 3 large insects installed at Dobbies entrance, Shepton

Butterfly installed.  Plants will grow around all 3 insects, so their steel rod stilts won't be so evident.  However, I quite like the stilts!  Especially on the Butterfly.  I've always liked Dali's elephants on stilt legs and my butterfly is vaguely reminiscent of these.

Butterfly installed. Plants will grow around all 3 insects, so their steel rod stilts won't be so evident. However, I quite like the stilts! Especially on the Butterfly. I've always liked Dali's elephants on stilt legs and my butterfly is vaguely reminiscent of these.

Insect Sculptures completed, on steel rod stilts, awaiting delivery and installation

Insect Sculptures completed, on steel rod stilts, awaiting delivery and installation

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Sculpture Exhibition ’09

 

Having never visited Hillier Gardens (Romsey, Hants) before installing 3 of my sculptures last week, I was blown over by the sheer beauty and vastness of the place.  There were so many gorgeous areas, but I was very happy being placed in the bog zone!!  It has a very primeval atmosphere, incredible bamboos and gigantic gunneras and, linked to a dinosaur trail, makes it perfect for my ‘Fossil’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Dung Beetle & Ball’ pieces.  My favourite part of the Gardens has to be the pond – next to the bog – which features some fabulous concrete pod sculptures emerging from its edges.

 To view my work on Flickr visit this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fumauk/3562832834/in/photostream/

 

The Sculpture Exhibition runs from May – October and is ‘well worth a visit’!

Dung Beetle and Ball at Hillier Gardens

Dung Beetle and Ball hidden amongst the succulents

 

The Dragonfly has landed

The Dragonfly has landed

 

 

Dragonfly exhibited at Hillier Gardens

Dragonfly exhibited at Hillier Gardens

 

 

Hillier Gardens Pond

Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition ’09

Set in the most beautiful arboretum housing an amazing collection of birch trees, amongst other delights, the show starts next weekend.  I feel privileged to have the opportunity to show in this stunning gem of a place.  Once set up, I took some snaps of a couple of my pieces that were grouped between some stark white birch trunks in the dappled light.  I thought they looked quite ethereal.

My work in the Mythic Garden, Chagford, Devon

My work in the Mythic Garden, Chagford, Devon

 

Work on show at the Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition '09

Work on show at the Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition '09

The Exhibition runs from 11th May – 3rd October, 2 – 6pm daily.  See ‘NEWS’ section for further details.