Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The band progresses for Stourhead

We are working on our band for the sculpture trail at Stourhead the National Trust garden in Wiltshire. The trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. The band  will stand on a raft in an arm of the big lake. At the moment the site  is being drained to enable the clearing of silt.The band will commemorate the concerts given at Stourhead to entertain convalescent troops. We also have in mind the bands formed by soldiers from all sides near the front. Below is an image of a German band near Noyon in France. Noyon, only 60 miles north of Paris, was occupied by the Germans for most of that war. The performances of all armies often had men in drag and scratch instruments as in this image. We are also working on another and final installation which will commemorate Harry Hoare, heir to the estate, killed in Palestine in November 1917. The trail will remain in place until November 2017. We have chosen a nursery theme to commemorate him.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Our Last installations for Stourhead

Here is a pic of the Scraptors Scratch Band in progress ,which we intend to install very soon at Stourhead . It is our penultimate installation ...more news soon .