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The Harvester,

This was a great project that challenged me to design a sculpture for a double volume atrium space at the heart of a home on the edge of a cliff overlooking a rugged rocky coastline.

I needed to create a sculpture that was to be 6.5M high that did not block out much of the light that came down through the glass roof above as well as not abscuring too much of the sea view beyond. My client wanted something that captured the environment and suggested using driftwood and other articles washed up along the coastline. He also liked the 'Harmany of man and whale' sculpture and the symbolism of its various elements.

From spending so much of my time in the sea and from living rural for so many years now I found a common thread in the harvesting of the sea and land for the bounty that it provides. In this I have noted that the very people that derive their income from the land and sea are more often than not the worst guardians of it and show little if any respect for that which provides for them. Every time I want to dig a hole to plant a tree I end up having to pull up miles of old rusty barbed wire, tin cans, tyres, and farm implements, you name it, it's there. Hell we pulled a washing machine out of the river. The fishermen certainly don't fare any better, the amount of crap that they leave behind on the rocks just blows your mind. The commercial fishermen are even worse, but I won't go there now. Gee, I hope I never need to look for a job with I&J or at the local co-op, I might have a real problem!

So here is a beautiful, light and delicately balanced vessel that soars up to a great height. But look a little closer and you will see that it has been assembled from bits and pieces of junk that have been dragged up out of the earth or washed up along our beaches. All the elements of the sculpture have a connection to both the sea and the land.

The oar jammed through the cracked rib is also the spade that workds the earth.

The rudder of the wreck doubles up as an old rotten primitive plough sheer and doesn't sheer and doesn't seem to give us any real direction anymore.

The beautiful spiralling net could also be that cursed barbed wire fence that you just never seem to find the end of.

The crows nest or lobster trap is also our fruit basket in the orchard laden with the most delicious looking genetically engineered and pesticide coated fruit. That's quite a mouth full.

The surface textrue of the sail I made using bits of hessian, wire and shade cloth that I found lying around.

The 'timber' sections I made to look really old and weathered and gave them marks and notches in odd places to make it appear that they all had a previous life as a part of something else.

In the smaller 1.6M sculpture I also had an old tractor tyre worked into the side ribs.

The rope came from the movie set of 'Rovinson Crusoe' where I did a few interesting props.

All in all a fun project highlighting man's determination to eat his way through the environment.


Wax model details
Maquette model