Saturday, 13 May 2017

Installation in memory of Harry Hoare completed at Stourhead

 We installed the last bits and pieces, a cannon and a toy car,  to the installation commemorating the life of Harry Hoare heir to the Stourhead. He was killed in November 1917 at Mughar Ridge in Palestine trying to rescue the horses in a battle with the Turks. The ridge was a vital spot on the route to Jerusalem. His parents received the news on Christmas Eve. We decided to commemorate him with a late Victorian nursery but there are intimations of the war which took his life at the age of 29.

There are now six installation at Stourhead the National Trust property in Wiltshire in the sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget." This commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. We have commemorated Ebenezer Stone, a stable lad, who lost both legs in the war with a giant bike because he made his own before 1914. There is an installation showing a landscape morphing from Arcadia to Armageddon. We have commemorated Gallipoli and the Middle East where local men in the Dorset Yeomanry fought. A floating band recalls the entertainments for convalescent troops at Stourhead and also the scratch bands formed by soldiers on all sides  in the war.

The trail remains in place until November 2017,the centenary of Harry's death.A brochure is available at the visitor centre at Stourhead.




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.