Monday, 19 December 2011

A giant waterbird for Magdalen

This is Anthony's giant Waterbird on his lawn. We we plan to float it on on one of the large ponds at the Magdalen Project in the summer when we plan to create the Scraptorzoic Era on its farm. Nearby will be a nest with weird chicks hatching out of eggs in a nest.. The five feet high neck is piping retrieved from outside a house in south London where a cannabis factory had been closed down. We are not called the Scraptors for nothing.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

At Magdalen Project near Crewkerne preparing our next venture

 Above and below we placed a Tribe of Humanoids in a wooded ravine in the farm of the Magdalen Project for a photo shoot. In the summer we will be creating the fauna and flora of the Scaptorzoioc Era on the farm. The heads of  the Humanoids were hoppers for lawn mowers

Bulbous Anthills on Spikes, below

Below, Paul, Fiona and Rachel launching a floating Diatom into a lake

 Magdalen is letting us make things from a pile of scrap. Below we root around.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Donation of paints

Ridgeways, Shepton Mallet has very kindly donated a truck load of old or recycled usable car paint to Fiona for our sculptures. Much appreciated, as we plan to create a series of colourful pieces for our next Trail at the Magdalen Project.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Trail plans

Our Quarry Trail has been postponed for a later date so we are now gearing up for a Sculpture Trail at the Magdalen Project on the Somerset/Dorset borders, which will take place sooner than originally planned. Set in this idyllic farm with lakes, a river and wooded ravines will be our creation of the Scraptorzoic Era - a fantasy fusion of Jurassic and a new Eden, involving floating sculptures and other surprises.  We hope to gain funding through Indiegogo to enable the Trail to go ahead.  More news as it develops… below is some work in progress by Fiona.

Bulbous Anthills on Spikes
scrap steel, wire and found materials

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Scraptorzoids for a quarry, work in progress

 We are planning a sculpture trail next summer in an old quarry in Somerset. We will create a whole new Geological Era with an ecosystem of fauna and flora. Rachel, Paul and Anthony spent a day creating eleven Scraptorzoids ready for a photoshoot. We are tying up the details but we hope to photograph them in their dramatic location on a scree of boulders at the bottom of a cliff in the quarry  very shortly.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Owl Tree at Stourhead Sculpture Trail Lives on

Our sculpture trail lives on through the Internet ; the Rex Press Agency has images of our owl tree. Paul's painted owl is still there but the organic paint will fade. The small owls in the holes by  Anthony have been taken away with the rest of the sculptures.  This image is one of ours but to see Rex's  click on  Rex Features

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Trail to be installed in the summer of 2012 at Magdalen Project Dorset

The Scraptors are to install a sculpture trail  in the summer of 2012 at the Magdalen Project near Chard on the Dorset /Somerset border. The Project is an environmental educational centre set in a 132 acre organic farm offering courses to adults and children, encouraging a deeper understanding of the countryside and encouraging a more sustainable approach to life. The site is a sculptor's dream with little wooded ravines and a series of ponds. We plan to have floating sculptures.. We will transform old machines and bits and pieces round the place into sculptures. The wheelbarrow below cries out to become a bird with the help of a grinder

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Stourhead Sculpture Trail lives on

The Internet means that exhibitions live on after they have physically disappeared. Another file of wonderful images of our sculpture trail at Stourhead in September has appeared at Tonesshots the website of photographer Tony Parsons. Above is one of the Musicians in the Procession of Bacchus by Paul and Rachel  (Anthony gave them the head). Below Fiona's Butterfly  and Anthony's Egret. For more images go to Tone's website 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Scraptors flim on Vimeo by Whitespace

S-J White of Whitespace, one of our sponsors for our Sculpture Trail Beyond the Garden Gate  at Stourhead the National Trust gardens in Wiltshire in September  has produced this evocative film for us of it. Many thanks.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New Trails

We are planning two new Trails in the South West.  We will be raising funds through crowd-financing – a great concept if it works!  Watch this space...

We had fantastic feedback for our Stourhead Trail and it seems to have been well-documented by visitors.  One photographer (Sally aka “moominmama’s handbag” – love the name!) has added lyrics from Joanna Newsom’s Bridges and Balloons song and poetry by Edward Lear to accompany her beautiful images - some showing our work in a new light.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Farewell Stourhead and the summer

 So Farewell Stourhead and the summer. We basked in a long Indian Summer but it has finally broken and the leaves fell on the water round Anthony's Egret. Yesterday, helped by myriads of National Trust machines and helpers, we took away the sculptures. Below, the pulling out from the lake of Fiona's Heron.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

New Horizons

Our Scraptors' Sculpture Trail at Stourhead ends on Monday 3rd October at 6pm, as we are taking down our work from Tuesday 4th.  Feedback on the Trail has been fantastic and we are now moving on to new horizons.  We have a stand at the Green Fair, Bruton Girls School on Monday 3rd (5-7pm).  Plans are progressing for other Trails and we will add these to our blog soon.

"Yesterday I discovered by accident the scraptors trail at Stourhead,
and was bowled over. I saw it in the early evening light and it was
magical and magnificent. Congratulations to all of you for such an
inspiring collection of work..."  Rosie Jackson

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

All Hallows visit our Trail (now open 'til 3rd Oct pm) in the sunshine

Fiona went to Stourhead today to meet a large group of All Hallows Prep School Yr 8 students who were visiting our Scraptors' Sculpture Trail.  We are taking it down from next Tuesday 4th October - a slight extension to the 30th September end date - and it was one of the last chances to take pictures of our work there.  Everything glowed in the sunshine and Stourhead looked staggeringly beautiful.  The children explored the Trail with great enthusiasm and our Children's Quiz sheets seemed to help.  As they were studying metals in Science, learning about sustainability, studying mythology in Latin and some doing Surrealism/metamorphosis with Fiona in extra-curricular Art, the Trail provided plenty of relevant cross-curricular themes.