The House of Invisible Hands

The House of Invisible Hands

‘The House of Invisible Hands"‘ is a shrine to all those whose labours have shaped the landscape. There is no record or memory of the majority of people who coppiced the woodlands, ploughed the fields, harvested the grain, shepherded their flocks... Only the land remembers, resonating with the millenia of care and disruption created by the labours of countless peoples, enriched by the skills of migrants and refugees from all corners of the globe, human tides both belonging and passing through.

Sited at RSPB Farnham Heath, The Reeds Rd, Farnham GU10 2DL

English Oak and Surrey Chestnut

2.3m x 2.3m x 2.3m

2019

The commission was part of the Surrey Unearthed to explore the earth beneath the Surrey landscape funded by Arts Council England and Surrey Hills Arts.

Photograph thanks to www.johnmillerphotography.com

Surrey Hills Arts

The House of Invisible Hands (detail)

The House of Invisible Hands (detail)

The sculpture is made from green oak and chestnut, sustainably harvested. The chestnut was harvested on the site and the oak was grown sustainably in Sussex.

Sited at RSPB Farnham Heath, The Reeds Rd, Farnham GU10 2DL

2.3m x 2.3m x 2.3m

2019

Arts Council England, Surrey Hills Arts.

Photograph thanks to www.johnmillerphotography.com

For more information about Surrey unearthed : Surrey Hills Arts

Common Wealth

Common Wealth

Common Wealth was commissioned to create a sense of place for a new housing development in West Sussex.

The sculptures are inspired by the form of the foxglove seed. The foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is one of our most familiar wild flowers. It provides us with heart medicine and is a valuable pollen for bees. The seeds can lie dormant for years.

During research into the plants found on the site I discovered an the image of a foxglove seed taken from the site with a scanning electron microscope.

It is a form with power, complexity and sculptural beauty and I was amazed to discover that the seed was a mere 1.3mm long.

Oak

2m x2m

2019

Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex

Today Celestial Beings Struck My Garden

Today Celestial Beings Struck My Garden

Yew and Redwood.

4.5 m

Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France

Private Commission for garden designed by Anthony Paul

Today Celestial Beings Struck My Garden (detail)

Today Celestial Beings Struck My Garden (detail)

Xylem Vessels

Xylem Vessels

Oak

3m x .5m

2016

The National Trust, Gibbet Hill, Hindhead, Surrey.

Funded by The Mittal Foundation.

‘Xylem Vessels’ based on photomicrographs of charcoal discovered where the bench is sited. Xylem vessels carry water and minerals to the leaves of plants and trees.

Photography www.johnmillerphotography.com

Xylem Vessels

Xylem Vessels

Xylem Vessels

Oak

3mx500cm

2016.

The National Trust, Gibbet Hill, Hindhead, Surrey.

Funded by The Mittal Foundation.

‘Xylem Vessels’ based on photomicrographs of charcoal found on site. Xylem vessels carry water and minerals to the leaves of plants and trees.

Photography www.johnmillerphotography.com

The Sheltering Earth

The Sheltering Earth

The Sheltering Earth

The Earth is currently and for some time to come the only shelter for humanity and for countless billions of species supported by her. Exile and displacement of populations has been with us from the beginning. As climate change unfolds populations will have to move on a massive scale, economy's and ideologies will not protect us. 'The Sheltering Earth' explores the fragility of physical shelter, the living Earth and our humanity is our only true shelter.

Photo and Copyright Walter Bailey

The Sheltering Earth

The Sheltering Earth

The Sheltering Earth (Interior Detail)

Photo and copyright Walter Bailey

Tenderness of Earth

Tenderness of Earth

The Tenderness of Earth is made from a local UK Redwood. Carved, charred then scrubbed with wire brushes. With the erosion of the soft grain of the wood the hard resinous grain is revealed, growths fluctuating biography of the seasons.

Redwood

 1mx1m

 2014

 Currently Available

The Tenderness of Earth (Detail)

The Tenderness of Earth (Detail)

Redwood

 1mx1m

 2014

 Currently Available

Tupelo Cloud

Tupelo Cloud

Made on location with very local wood over a six week period, Tupelo Cloud was carved from Tupelo wood and the uprights were carved in Locust wood. The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic Ocean with more than 150 major rivers and streams flowing into the bay. I was blessed with the sight of an American Bald Eagle on a number of occasions as I worked on Tupelo Cloud.

Tupelo and Locust Wood

8mx3mx3m approx

2014

Chesapeake Bay

Tupelo Cloud (Detail)

Tupelo Cloud (Detail)

Tupelo and Locust Wood

8mx3mx3m approx

2014

Chesapeake Bay

Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula, dissolve and recombine. Decay is transformed into new life.

“The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.” .  Rumi

Redwood

2mx1.5m

2012

Private Collection.

Belgium

Solve et Coagula (Detail)

Solve et Coagula (Detail)

Solve et Coagula (Detail)

Dark Cloud Caught In a Thicket

Dark Cloud Caught In a Thicket

Oak and Redwood

4mx4m

2013

Private Collection

UK

Dark Cloud Caught in a Thicket (Detail)

Dark Cloud Caught in a Thicket (Detail)

Oak and Redwood

4mx4m

2013

Private Collection

UK

Dodecahedron

Dodecahedron

'Dodecahedron' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

 

Redwood

2mx2m

2000

Private Collection UK

Dodecahedron (Detail)

Dodecahedron (Detail)

Fire, air, water and earth correspond to the first four platonic solids. The dodecahedron is Plato's fifth element, the element of the heavens. As Plato put it, “God used this solid for the whole universe, embroidering figures on it.” And if the arguments of a paper in  Nature Oct 9th 2003  stand up, Plato will have been proved right. For Jean-Pierre Luminet, of the Paris Observatory, and his colleagues believe that the universe is, indeed, a dodecahedron.

Redwood

2mx2m

2000

Private Collection UK

Journeywork

Journeywork

Carved from a single wind blown oak tree. Exploring thresholds on a life journey, events that irrevocably change how we perceive the world. 

Oak

10mx2.5m

2000

Commissioned by Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, UK

Returning

Returning

Ash

2mx1m

Ardingly Reservoir, Sussex.

60 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London

60 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London

This was the site of one of Thomas Chippendale's workshop's.

Oak

4mx1m

2012

Public Commission

Work in progress. 60 St. Martins Lane WC2N 4JS

Work in progress. 60 St. Martins Lane WC2N 4JS

Work in progress, carved from a single length of oak.

Oak

4mx1m

2012

Public Commission 

UK

Serpentine Egg

Serpentine Egg

Carved of a single piece of oak. An exploration of the phenomenal forces that combine to create complex life forms from the simplicity of the egg.

Oak

1.5mx75cm

2004

Private Collection UK

Moon Over Water

Moon Over Water

Beech

60cmx60cm

2003

Private Collection UK

Harvesting Photons

Harvesting Photons

Annual rings recording time and climate as the tree expands and reaches higher for the harvesting of light.

Beech

35cmx30cm

2004

Private Collection UK

'Fragments from the Web' Park House, Oxford Street, London

'Fragments from the Web' Park House, Oxford Street, London

Park House is an entire city block and the largest development on Oxford Street, London for 40 years.

Robin Partington Architects who designed the building invited me to collaborate at the design stage with the brief to create integrated art works and bring a sense of warmth and soul to the building.

The commission had four elements:

• Carved entrance screen flanking the main commercial entrance

• Sculpture for the main reception area

• Design for glass frit to wrap around the building

• Painting reproduced on glass for the lift lobbies

Detail of 'Fragments from the Web' Park House, Oxford Street

Detail of 'Fragments from the Web' Park House, Oxford Street

Selected Projects - Clients and Commissioners

Selected Projects - Clients and Commissioners