Monday, 20 March 2017

Carousel in memoriam Henry Hoare


We are installing our last pieces at Stourhead the National Trust property in Wiltshire as part of our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorating the effect of World War 1 on the community..To commemorate the life of young Harry Hoare, the heir to the estate, we are creating a nursery scene in the woods. There are the sorts of toys a small boy might play with. But there are hints of his untimely death at the age of 29 in a battle at Mughair Ridge in Palestine in November 1917. He was trying to rescue the horses. the trail remains in place until November 2017 and a leaflet is available from the visitors centre.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cannon for Stourhead



A cannon for Stourhead, the National Trust property in Wiltshire.Our  last installation for our sculpture trail commemorating the effect of World War 1 on the community will recall Harry Hoare, heir to the estate who was killed at Mughair Ridge in Palestine in November 1917. He went to the rescue of the horses.We are evoking his happy young life with  a nursery themed installation ; but it will have  intimations of his sad end. As a boy he may have well played with a toy cannon. This cannon is work in progress.




Monday, 27 February 2017

Our Scraptors Scratch Band survives Doris



We were rather twitchy about Storm Doris  which wreaked havoc in the UK especially up north. However our floating band is fine.We are about to move it out further into the water for a more dramatic effect.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bugs at Three Ways School Bath

We had a happy day at Three Ways School in Bath holding workshops with the children to make bugs .A pile of old clapped out earphones provided bodies and eyes .Rachel's Dad was in the brewing trade so we have a lot of bottle tops.We have been commissioned to create large nature themed sculpture installations in the grounds and the pupils will contribute to them .Work will start in the spring.

 









Thursday, 26 January 2017

A Dragon and a Merry-go-round


This is a dragon in the garden of Paul and Rachel. Below is a merry-go-round  which will be part of an installation about to be erected at Stourhead, the National Trust property in Wiltshire. Our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community with  five installations in place. Our sixth  installation will commemorate Harry Hoare, heir to the estate who was killed in November 1917 in Palestine. The installation will evoke his nursery at Stourhead  but with intimations of his sad end.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Band in the Ice

 There was some strong wind shortly after we floated our band so good to see that it is fine. However it is ice bound on a cold morning. The inspiration of the band is the scratch  bands that troops of all the armies in World War 1 formed near the Front to alleviate boredom and despair. They often made instruments from what came to hand.  They sometimes  dressed  up in clownish costumes and performances included drag acts. ....This is one of the installations in our sculpture trail at Stourhead , the National Trust garden in Wiltshire commemorating World War 1. Work in progress as we need to make some adjustments and then the band will be floated out in the middle of this stretch of water.





Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Floating band at Stourhead


We have floated our band at Stourhead the National Trust Garden in Wiltshire as part of our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorating the effect of World War 1 on the community. Concerts were organized here by Adela, Lady Hoare, chatelaine of the estate, to entertain convalescent troops from the nearby hospital at Mere.The soldiers were allowed to relax in the gardens and to boat on the lake. We also had in mind the bands that were created in all the armies near the Front. They often used bits and pieces that  came to hand   Below are convalescent troops on the lake at Stourhead during World War 1.


                            Below a French poilu plays a scratch instrument in World War 1

 
                                                       Below  a German concert party


                                                        Below a German band


                                              Below setting up and launching the band