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:
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!
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 - detail
Dragonfly - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires
Dragonfly - detail
Bumblebee - aprx. 120 cms wingspan - steel rod and wires
Bumblebee - detail
Beetle 40cms wire
Caterpillar 40cms wire
Dragonfly and Butterfly installed on site at Dobbies
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.
Insect Sculptures completed, on steel rod stilts, awaiting delivery and installation