I will be showing my largest sculpture to date at Glastonbury’s Greenfields this June – a giant Spider and Web, to be made out of steel, wire and recycled materials.
The basic inner steel structure will be made in advance. On the first two days of the Festival, the Spider will start to gain its woven outer layers of wire and colourful crushed cans, bottle tops, lids etc. Members of the public can watch or join in with my team to create the finished piece. The Spider (approximately 3-4 metres in diameter) and Web will continue to grow and develop during the Festival.
Alongside the sculpture construction, I will be running Wire Workshops over the Glastonbury weekend at Greenfields. Adults and children will be able to participate in 2-hour sessions to create their own pieces made from colourful wire and recycled components. These can then be attached to the giant Web until participants are ready to collect them.
The concept behind the work is a new-age spider, made of steel, wire and recycled waste, which has adapted and grown to enormous dimensions to take on her new role of catching waste, which she feeds on. The giant spider weaves her web to attract ‘waste bugs’, which adults and children will create during the workshops. The aim is to create further awareness and enjoyment of recycling, along with exploring new creative skills, using colourful wire, cans, plastic bottles, lids, buttons and other recycled implements.
Various local companies and individuals have kindly offered their help with the project, including Pete Margerum, Ruth Worsley, Jason Nosworthy, JustVans, Luke Allen (Geodize) and John Shepherd Feeders. A large quantity of aluminium drinks cans are needed (particularly red and orange cans), so the collection commences! Please let me know if you can help. Refuse depots have strange rules that restrict giving their rubbish to the public..!