Thursday, 4 August 2016

Band on the move

 Our band on the move. We loaded it on to a trailer to move the players from Anthony's house to Paul and Rachel's. The band will be on a floating  raft at Stourhead the National Trust property n Wiltshire to add to our installations already in place. This is a sculpture trail  "Stourhead will never forget" that commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. The band commemorates the concerts given there to entertain wounded troops and also the bands that were formed by troops from all sides behind the lines. They often fashioned instruments from what came to hand.....Work  in progress. We were given some organ pipes from a  church that was replacing an old one and we will use them for one of the instruments. The bottom picture shows Paul's drawing of the concept.See page above for more about the trail already in situ.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Harry Hoare in Memoriam workshop at Stourhead

We  had a workshop, dodging heavy showers,  at Stourhead to design our last installation for the sculpture trail that commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. This will be in memory of Harry Hoare the 29 year old heir to the estate who was killed in action in Palestine in 1917. We will be making  a group of carousels to evoke his childhood at Stourhead. The carousels will have hints of the devastating war  that was  to take his life. For our models we used bicycle wheels. For the actual installation we will use gyratoy  washing lines.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Nursery and Armageddon

Next week July 28 we will be hosting an all day drop in workshop at Stourhead the National Trust property in Wiltshire. The workshop will create toys which will serve as models for the fifth and last installation in our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget." which commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. This installation will commemorate Henry Hoare, the 29 year old heir to Stourhead, who was killed in 1917 in Palestine. He was trying to rescue horses under fire. His parents received the news of his death on Christmas Eve. The nursery will commemorate his happy childhood but there will be echoes of the war that engulfed Europe and the local community. We also have in mind the trench art in which soldiers on all sides made artifacts including toys from odds and ends. A brochure detailing the trail will be available at the visitors' centre at Stourhead.  You can see more a bout the trail on the page above.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A cat may sit on a dragon in the Liverpool Biennale 2016

Anthony went up to Liverpool to see the Biennale. The cat was in a shop - not part of the Biennale.  Below a sculpture by Ramin Haerizadeh in the Cains Brewery one of the venues for art round the city - perhaps the most successful one. The city has certainly perked up since Anthony was there for  a while in the 70's.

                      Below one of the sculptures by Sahej Rahal in the Cains Brewery.

                                                  Below a graffiti on  a street wall.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Floating band work in progress

Work in progress for our band which will stand on a floating raft at Stourhead the National Trust property in Wiltshire as part of a   sculpture trail to commemorate the effect of World War 1 on the community. The band will commemorate the concerts held at Stourhead to entertain wounded troops and also the scratch bands formed  by troops on all sides near the front often making instruments from whatever came to hand.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Wolf head

We have  placed this Wolf's Head  in  place  for a new commission.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Floating band for Stourhead

Our next installation at Stourhead, the National Trust property in Wiltshire, is  to be added this summer  to our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget. " The trail  commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the local community. The next installation will be a band floating on one of the smaller lakes. Lady Hoare allowed convalescent troops from nearby Mere to go boating at Stourhead and she laid on concerts. Above the concept. Below is a photo of some of those soldiers relaxing at Stourhead during World War 1.

We had a workshop at Stourhead (see below) to make instruments for the band. The soldiers from all the armies made them from whatever came to hand;we are following that tradition. We also worked on creating a musician. The  last image in this post shows a French poilu with a instrument made from odds and ends.