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Rolling press reports

Tags: Press, Public Sculpture

My commission proposal for a major landmark sculpture in Northumberland, along with the two other shortlistees, is unsurprisingly gaining a fair bit of interest within the press. Here are a few of the articles I've spotted over the past couple of days - please click on the title link in bold:

Artnet

Artnet

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The Telegraph

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BBC News

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Metro News

Plus, a nice mention on page 4 of The Telegraph broadsheet yesterday.

Telegraph
 

Cheeseburn

Tags: Group Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Sculpture

30th April

Today was a good day, installing two sculptures: sun on my back, lifting tackle, rock, sculpture, machines, and helpful assistants. There's a job to be done, everything is thought through and it runs like clockwork, almost like a choreographed performance (well, perhaps thats pushing it a little). Whilst it is physically pretty hard and mentally taxing, thinking about every eventuality, it actually seems like a day off. I guess thats the wonder of working out of doors!

Installing at Cheeseburn

So now these two favourites pieces belong to the Northumbrian landscape, at Cheeseburn Grange. CG is a beautiful set of buildings set within stunning gardens which have the feel of a large country house, yet the scale and intimacy of a personal project. There is a fantastic variety of sculpture to be found, from large well crafted statements, to small and gentle interventions. Open for selected weekends over the summer - see below.

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Cheeseburn Grange
Stamfordham
Northumberland
NE18 0PT
info@cheeseburn.com
cheeseburn.com

Open weekends:
May 19th/20th
May 26th/27th/28th
June 30th/July 1st
July 7th/8th
August 25th/26th/27th
September 1st/2nd

 

10 Public Sculptures

Tags: Outdoor Sculpture, Press, Public Sculpture
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20th April
After months of hard work I finally have this publication in my hands - and it feels good, really good.

10 Public Sculptures showcases my work dotted around the country in a beautiful designed book. Its layout is clear and descriptive with powerful images of my sculptures within the public realm. It has a super introduction by Anne Elliott and an brilliant contextualising essay by Tom Flynn in the centre. There is all the usual information about what, how, when, where etc. alongside a visual story line of two of the sculptures.

Very much celebrating my larger public work, which complements my studio based practice and gallery explorations, I had a pretty clear idea what I wished the book to do commercially. So it was a joy and an education to work with the design company Antman who held my hand through the subtle process of design layout, choice of stock, image selection and text, all of which achieves the design brief whether you give it a quick three second flick through, or a longer in-depth read. There's something gorgeous about its rubberised covers which make you want to keep hold of it.

To view a high res. pdf of the book click this link...
(please be patient with download as file is 83MB)

10 Public Sculptures - Hitchens.pdf

 

The Reading Job

Tags: Public Commission, Public Sculpture, Outdoor Sculpture

15th May 2015:
Yesterday was wet! Not really what we needed for the installation of two large twisting granite sculptures weighing 8500 kg. each. The strapping of these sculpture was always going to be exacting, so after we removed them from the open top containers, the six hour window for a road closure meant that we had run out of time to even get one up.

Not a bad thing really, as today the sun shone and the lifting straps didn't slip. There was always only going to be one way to strap these sculptures - along their length. I knew that once they were vertical, the lifting up, over and into the top of the scaffold support frame was going to be relatively straight forward, but the hoisting from horizontal to the vertical was tense to say the least. Fortunately I was working with two experienced boys from the lifting company Ainscough. The crane operator Bob (first image) was superb at keeping the end of the jib absolutely plumb above the choked sling lifting the sculpture. Very, very slowly he raised the horizontal sculpture into the vertical position as if gently playing spillikins, and then I could breath.

I spent a further few hours placing metal rods through the base of each granite sculpture and resin bonding them to the granite. Now all that remains is the pouring of a second concrete foundation layer, bonding all the reinforcement together, and then the build up of the final landscaping surface. I hope to have images of the finish sculpture, unveiled, in a few months.....

First four images courtesy of Anne Purkiss