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'Sound Scape' 2016
9 Art in Nature Sculptures with music composed by Julia Harding.
Materials/names of sculptures/music compositions:
Rock, Log, Water, Feathers, Tree, Parasitic Plant, Pebbles, Coal, Earth.
'Sound Scape' is an interactive installation with 9 art in nature sculptures and music composed by Julia Harding developed in 2016. It was awarded an a-n Artist Information Company Professional Development Bursary. The world premiere was on Sunday 18th September and a further performance will be on February 23rd at Manchester Art Gallery included in the 'Thursday Lates' programme. Each performance is different according to the choices of the musicians in selecting the sculptures and the music and lasts around 40 minutes.
'Sound Scape' has nine sections, every performer plays every section at least once and there should not be any attempt to achieve synchronisation of the parts but performers should feel free to respond musically to each other during the performance.
'Sound Scape' was included in Cheshire Open Studios Exhibition at Charles Roe House in Macclesfield. The nine sculptures were installed and two compilations of the music have been recorded and complied by Paul Maddocks, Sound Engineer, in conjunction with Julia Harding, the composer, for continuous playing throughout the exhibition when the musicians are not present.
'Sound Scape' was performed on February 23rd 2017 in the atrium at Manchester Art Gallery, for their 'Thursday Lates' series of events. The next performance is on July 19th at 8pm at The Dome in Buxton - part of the Buxton Fringe
Festival during the Buxton International Festival.
'The Giving Tree' 2016.
Commissioned by the Trustees of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital in Cheshire to raise funds for the hospital which has been in existence since 1919. The names of donors will be written on the 450 leaves by a calligrapher.
There are three sizes of leaves - small, medium and large in copper, satin stainless steel, light and dark green powder coated steel, attached to the branches of the painted trees.Approx. 4m wide x 3m high.
'The News' 2015-2017.
A series of sculptures which relate to recent events in the news - in 2015 - WW1 centenary and the news of the many wars around the world during that period.
'The News' is of painted wood and chains, 'The News: Prisoners' is painted wood and chains, and 'The News: Remembrance' is painted wood and silk poppies.
In 2017, 'The News: Brexit', 2017, of painted branches, fencing clips, an apple crate with tissue paper, represents how Britain will become insular, trapped, less outward and isolated not only by the actions but also because it is an island. The series will continue.
The News: Prisoners
The News: Remembrance
The News: Brexit
“El Eco del Pasada - Echo from the Past” 2014
Made for Tufi'Arte 2014 in Tufia, Gran Canaria, an international symposium of 14 projects organised by AiNIN - Art in Nature International Network. The whole village helped with all the projects during the week as well as hosting the artists.
The painting, 28m x 18m, of white lime with black and pink pigment, represents the conch or caracola horn that was blown by the Guanche - the original people of Gran Canaria before battle. It is under the flight path - visible from the planes.
Conch shell and drawings
El Eco del Pasada - with village - Photo: Javier Suarez
El Eco del Pasada 2014
El Eco del Pasada from the air - Photo: Javier Suarez
“Falling leaves” 2014
For The Sculpture Show- The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess, at The Harold Martin Botanic Gardens at the University of Leicester.
Cherry logs, specially designed glass “leaves” in 5 colours, stainless steel.
Ht. 2.5m x Dia. 95cms.
“Falling leaves” recognises the importance of The Harold Martin Botanic Gardens and its position in the world of research. The “leaves” represent the changing colours from early spring when yellow, through summer with various greens, into autumn with rich browns and gold, are inlaid into a reconstructed deconstructed cherry tree cut down in 2011 from across the road where I live. It has been replaced with a healthy tree and the original tree lives once more.
“La Mouette/The Seagull” 2014
Commissioned by Usine Utopik for the 2nd Symposium, Bords de Vire in Saint Lô and Tessy-sur-Vire, Normandy, France.
White painted branches with black tips. Ht. 4m x W.9m x D.2m.
Seagulls are generally seen in the sky, on the sea, the beach and the ground. For four months Saint Lô will have its own seagull in a tree by the River Vire.
'Sylvan Sparkle' 2013/14 for Elephant Parade UK National Tour 2013/14.
'Sylvan Sparkle' is covered with artificial jungle leaves including banana, cassava, zebra and yucca, and jewels - diamonds, topaz, emeralds etc between them representing the sun shining through the leaves and sparkling on the ground.
Photo: Graham Flack
The Great Hall in the Trafford Centre Photo: Tom Purslow
La Cloche Perdue 2013 Ht.7m x dia.1.5m Painted wood branches in colours of fire, bronze painted cane.
Commissioned by Lez'Arts en Adret for 'Fantastique' the theme of Sentier Artistique Hautecour 2013, Savoie, France. The sculpture illustrates the moment when the bell melted into the ground.
'La légende de la Cloche Perdue' by Lorna Green
Once upon a time a long time ago in the village of Hautecourt a very strange event happened. One dark and foggy night a large bell suddenly appeared in the wood. It seemed to come from the sky and the villagers could not understand how it appeared and where it had come from. For several days they pondered over its existence and soon made plans to install it in the church tower. Arrangements were made to move it but the night before this was due to happen — there came a great storm, wind, rain, thunder and lightening, more violent and frightening than anyone had seen or experienced before. Suddenly, there came from the sky, in the biggest flash of lightening ever seen, a thunderbolt, which set fire to the trees around the bell. In the intense heat of the fire the bell became molten and gradually disappeared into the ground. The villagers watched the great fire with fear and trembling as the bell which arrived from the sky slowly melted into the earth.. No trace of the bell was ever found — no one knew where it came from and no one knows where it went to, but maybe it returned to the depths of the earth where the copper was originally mined? The mystery of the lost bell may never be resolved.
'Asseyez-vous et regardez' 2012 20m x 18m x 1.5m For 'Mine d'art en sentier 2012' , an 8 kilometre trail in the Parc naturel régional Scarpe-Escaut, le Pays de Condé in the Nord-Pas de Calais Basin, an area once famous for its mining industry.
'Asseyez-vous et régardez' with mounds of red and black schist, surround 10 boulders inlaid with brass 'jetons' —representing the miners' identity discs, is for people walking or cycling the trail to relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape. Eleven sculptors from around the world took part in the symposium.
Photo: Samuel Dhote
2011, 'Red' H 2.5m x W 1.5m x D 1.15m Olive tree from Portugal, specially designed glass and red paint.
For 1st International Olive Wood Symposium, Gangelt, Germany organised by Sculpture Network, Germany
2011, 'Liber Plantarum' 2m x 3.2m x 3.5m Made for a 'A Decade of Sculpture' at The Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester.
The Harold Martin Botanic Gardens are renowned for their research focus in floristics (cataloguing and describing the species in a geographical region) and taxonomy, (classification). 'Liber Plantarum' - (The Book of Plants) uses materials from the gardens - various plants and bamboo, boulders, dressed stone, slate, pavers and plant pots, in recognition of the studies of the scientists and gardeners.
Photo: Colin Brooks ABIPP
Photo: Colin Brooks ABIPP
Photo: Colin Brooks ABIPP
'Blue Bird' 2011 Iridescent blue painted branches each 75 cms. Height. 5m x wingspans 4.5m.
'3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw' Sculpture Trail in the Vale of Belvoir. The path along the Grantham Canal in Belvoir, is home to many species of birds — 'Blue Bird' flutters gently in the breeze from a tree by Stenwith Bridge.
'River' 2011 8m x 12m x 0.5m Limestone grit stone boulders inlaid with designed glass 'pools' and painted 'rivulets' sited on blue tarmac.
Commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for the entrance to the new Darwen Leisure Centre, Lancashire. The sculpture echoes the theme of water throughout the Leisure Centre.
'Blooming Branches' 2010
Red blue and green plastic bottle tops - each 'bloom' about 30cms long, and green, brown, olive and clear glass wine and beer bottles hanging by fisherman's twine from the branches of Pandanus trees.
Made for 'artsCape Biennial 2010,' June 26th to July 11th, at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.
Play the two videos simultaneously for a sense of the
sounds of the five 'Blooming Branches' with glass bottles when the wind blows.
'The Festival Labyrinth' 2009 with Jeff Teasdale 30m x 15m x 3m. 150 Kerridge sandstone boulders and crushed stone, seeded with 9 grasses.
This is the permanent sculpture for the Bollington Festival on the Middlewood Way off Grimshaw Lane, in Bollington, Cheshire, funded by the National Lottery Awards for All Scheme and The Bollington Festival, and managed by MAGPIE- Macclesfield Arts Group for Projects in the Environment - with the invaluable help of many volunteers from Bollington.
'The Bollington Festival Labyrinth' 2009 with Jeff Teasdale Pink water-based masonry paint, oak. 15m x 14m
This labyrinth, was a temporary installation for the Bollington Festival in May 2009, forming part of the Artists' Trail and as a memorial to Dr John Coope and the previous festivals he inspired.
'Snowdrops for Cambo' 2009 Stone, pebbles, and wood sprayed with white paint, natural slate.
Commissioned by The Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife as part of Scotland's Snowdrop Festival. Each of the seven sculptures was inspired by the progress of the snowdrops around the selected sites at the time of making - from closed to full bloom.
The Terracotta Garden. 2008/9
2,500 approx. fired clay leaves.
One of three community projects commissioned by Cheshire Artists Network as part of their Art in Gardens programme linked to Cheshire Year of Gardens 2008. The community projects have been funded by Arts Council England - North West and supported by numerous individuals and organisations.
The 2,500 leaves in spirals, a common feature of the community projects, are made from fired red clay by the students of Woodford Lodge High School, The Verdin High School and Hebden Green Community School in Winsford, and Mid Cheshire College in Northwich, and is sited in an internal courtyard at Woodford Lodge High School for all the involved schools and college to use in any creative way.
Photo: David Heke
Photo: David Heke
'Solar Light' 2008 Polyester sunflowers, painted branches, plastic containers, cement.
Flag: 1.25m x 30cms x 2m. Sunflower Trees : variable.
Commissioned by Galerija Meno Parkas, Kaunas, Lithuania for 'Kaunas Mene:Kontekstai - Kaunas in Art:Contexts' Contemporary Art Festival in nine venues in the city. The aim of 'Solar Light' was to bring warmth and sunlight to a city that is dark, grey and cold with little sunlight between November and March.
Photo: Airida Rekstyte
Photo: Airida Rekstyte
Varnished blue slate monoliths, brass discs, brass lamps with acrylic, Cor-ten steel arch, blue solar lights, Whinstone gravel, magnesium limestone boulders, and magnesium limestone dust to be planted with heritage plants in the autumn,
L. 50m x W. 30m x Ht.4m
Commissioned by Kelloe Community Partnership in conjunction with Durham County Council for the site adjacent to the original railway line from the colliery which closed in 1983, to reference not only the village's heritage but also its aspirations for the future.
Photo: Trevor Smith
Photo: Trevor Smith
Photo: Trevor Smith
Photo: Trevor Smith
'Saver > Screens' 2008
Plastic bags, powder coated silver and black steel screens, photos.
Ht. 2.25m x Dia. 2.5m
Commissioned by The Co-operative Financial Services for the foyer of the CIS Building in Manchester as part of their internal campaign to raise issues on re-using plastic bags and protecting the environment.
'Une Rivière pour l'Arc Mosellan' 2008
40m x 25m x 20cm. 13 tonnes of stone and metallic paints.
This was chosen for the 1erSymposium International de Sculpture de l'Arc Mosellan , Moulin de Buding, France.
The theme of the symposium was ' l'eau, une énergie ' - the water, an energy - and the project refers to the water wheel of the mill which is powered by the the canal fed by the meandering La Canner River as well as to the contrast between the natural river and the constructed elements of the canal and the wheel with the use of natural stones and dressed stone blocks and is sprayed with various paints for colour and the sparkle of water in the sunlight.
Photo: Alain Mila
'Spring, Summer and Autumn'. 1, 2 and 3. 2008
Commissioned by Cheshire County Council for 'Something Beautiful' in Tatton Park, Knutsford for 'Cheshire's Year of Gardens 2008'
The installations are about the life cycle of the deer in the park using fallen branches to represent antlers, painted in the colours of leaves from the yellows of early spring, the greens of summer to the rich tones of autumn - birth to death of both deer and leaves.
Individual tableaux within the three 'herds' illustrate their habits - the frequent violent relationships between the males and females, the docility of the older ones, the battles between the stags and the bucks, the births and deaths, as well as the groups of young ones, male and female, who huddle together for protection and to learn from their elders.
'Verso l'Inizio - Towards the Beginning' with Carlotta Brunetti 2008 100m x 30m x 5m. Hay, string and willow tree. The dead hay rises up and over a river into the tree of life, the willow, to be regenerated.
For 'Humus Park' International Land Art Meeting in Pordenone, Italy, with 30 artists from 15 countries participating.
Photo: Carlotta Brunetti
"Homage to Fantin-Latour" 2007 6m x 5m x 4.5m. Commissioned by York Museums Trust for the exhibition 'Painting the Summer : Henri Fantin-Latour' at York Art Gallery as a response to the many paintings of flowers included.
Polyester roses, wood from the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, painted garden urn and vases, and side table from the York Museums Trust collection.
"Bouquet" 2006 4m x 2.5m x 2.5m. Powder coated and painted steel, gravel, allotment beds made from railway sleepers. Commissioned by Windmill Hill Primary School, Runcorn, Cheshire as the centrepiece for their allotment beds. 'Bouquet' is the result of workshops with all the pupils of the school.
Sword and the Stone'2006
x 5m x 5cm. Stainless steel, copper, paving stones, gold and
silver paint, and large Golden Spey boulder.
Commissioned by Feelgood Theatre Productions for the 2006
Summer Season and Activity Tent for 'Arthur - King of the Britons',
Heaton Park, Manchester.
Reflect and Recover" 1 and 2. 2005
Two roof gardens with five 3m high "fountains" in
total, of stainless steel rods threaded with varied sizes of
specially made blue glass beads in "pools" of blue
glass chippings in aluminium dishes surrounded by blue neon
lights. The "rivers" are of limestone spray-painted
with blue enamel paints, glitter and lacquer; each element is
surrounded by pebbles. Artificial rocks complete the two gardens
Commissioned by Gateshead NHS Trust for the new North East NHS
Surgery Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Lignes de Couleur dans l'Eau"
For Chemin d'art 2005, Saint-Flour, France.
70 stones in the river on both sides of the bridges: one side
with fluorescent red paint, and the other with fluorescent yellow
of Grace, Tree of Love and Admiration, and Tree of Purity. 2005. Branches
and artificial roses, lilies and carnations on the beach for
the Swell Currumbin Sculpture Festival, Queensland, Australia.
The titles refer to the symbolism of the flowers.
River for the Botanic Gardens" 2005 90m long x 1.5m average x 20 cms high. For "Sculpture in the Garden" a celebration exhibition
of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Centenary at the Harold
Martin Botanic Gardens, Leicester University.
20 tonnes of stone and three colours of blue metallic paint.
View and Use" 2004
100m x 70m x 10m
Two amphitheatre forms divided by a ridge for play, performance
and events, within the park in the new development, The Hamptons,
at Worcester Park, Surrey.
Commissioned by the St James Group Ltd.
January 2012 Photo: David Rymill
3rd International Artists Symposium, Westbury Farm Studios,
Series: Blue Bloom
Blue bottles, plastic covered rods in apple tree
Series: Blue Line on the Swimming Pool - detail Blue plastic discs on acetate
18m x 9m x 1cm
Series: Green Branch - detail
Green bottles suspended by thread from a branch.
8m x 50cm x 10cm
Series: Blue Line in the Drawing Room - detail
Blue plastic lids and blue plastic chippings
7m x 1.5m x 1cm
"Marquer d'une Pierre Blanche" for Les Doigts d'Art,
Salins-Les-Bains, France. 26 stones in 21 sites throughout the town
Stones painted white, to represent salt, inlaid with eurocents
to represent the first Credit Agricole.
outside Les Salines (salt mine)
of the first Credit Agricole
de St. Maurice
"Doors of Perception".
Approx. 25m x 10m x 25m
Seven blue painted doors with glass windows, and five curved walls
of peat blocks.
Commissioned for PeatPolis.nl, Barger Compascum, Emmen, The Netherlands.
"Garden of Achievement" Newall Green High School, Wythenshawe, Manchester.
A CAPE UK Project.
29m x 18m x 1.5m
granite, marble, slate, varied planting for all seasons. A science
rock garden for elements of Key Stage 3 Geology with themed
planting, working with Years 8 and 9 in 2003 and Years 7 and
8 in 2004.
"Stones of Life - Journey of Silver"
7m x 7m x 3.5m
Granite and stainless steel. The stones represent the salt mines
of the area; the steel, the hopes and aspirations of the children.
Commissioned by Wharton C.E. Controlled Junior School, Winsford,
Cheshire. Fabricated by Cornish Landscaping Granite.
Flower Cow-er, 2003 CowParade Manchester 2004. 2m x 90cm x 1.2m. Fibreglass, Astroturf, artificial flowers, paint.
Commissioned by CowParade Manchester 2004 to promote the event.
Perform and Picnic", 2002
120 m x 40m x 3m
Lakawanna Park, Penticton, BC, Canada. . Two earthworks with neon
light beneath blue painted glass blocks and three l0m diameter
circles with galvanised steel edging of purple rocks on pink gravel,
yellow rocks on brown lava gravel, grey/white striated rocks on
white silica gravel.
Commissioned by The Okanagan/Thompson International Sculpture
Symposium, BC, Canada
'Power Flowers for
du Tourisme, Saint-Lô. Silk roses, poppies from Remembrance
Day, Astroturf, sound composed by Paul Weir.
Commissioned by Forum des Arts for Maîtres des lieux, Saint-Lô,
of the Forest" 2001 5m x 4m x 0.5m
with painted wood.
For "From the Buds of Small
Grass", 2001 Geum Gang International Nature Art Exhibition,
Apfelbaum, Farbe, Leben" 2001.
80m x 20m x 4m
Larch, 4 colours of stain.
Commissioned for Kraftplatzroas
(energy emitting sculpture walk),
Irdning in the Grimming Region of Styria, Austria
13m x 4m x 1m
Plastic bottles, metallic paint
by Covent Garden Flower Festival for The Urban Arts Garden
and the Wheel" 1994-2003
600m x 70m x 15m
grass, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, paths and designed wooden
seating still to be completed. Adjacent to the final link of
the Avon Ring Road, Bristol.
View from top of
Detail of designed benches in sitting areas at the top with new
planting - Silver birches and juniper. Gorse and broom along edge
of wildflower hollows. Feb. 2003
South Gloucester Council/Thyssen Construction
View of "Chains"
from Avon Ring Road. Feb. 2003.
2001 'Drink Me!'
2.15m x 1.35m x 1.1m.
Commissioned for 'onetree' 2001-2. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh;
The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Notts; Tatton Park, Cheshire; Bristol
City Art Gallery; The Geffrye Museum, London.
Photo: Robert Walker.
"15 Christchurch Circles"
35m x 15m x 1m
Otago schist, greywacke pebbles, Halswell and Volcanic stones,
flax, cabbage trees, tussocks
For "Art in the Park"
Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
Organised by Professional Arts Services
7.1m x 7.1m x 2.5m
35m x 20m x 2m
by "Sculpture by Sea" Bondi Headlands, Sydney, Australia
"Old Story - New
Story 2000" Earth, grass, wrought iron gates
2.5m x 20m x 15m
Commissioned by Greenfield Valley Trust Ltd/
Cywaith Cymru - Artworks Wales
"The Rainbow "
Drink cans, steel rod. 4 m x 3 m x 1.5 m.
Commissioned for The Chester Fringe Festival in Grosvenor Park, Chester
"Water, Earth to Growth"
Cider, wine, milk bottles
20m x 15m x 5m
by Opportunities for Women/Friends of the Earth. Islington Green,
"Power Flower" 1998
White granite, green marble
10m x 15m x 1.5m
China International Invitation
Exhibition of Sculpture
"Power Flowers" 1998
Silk flowers, astroturf, steel frames, fragrance
Sound by Paul Weir
200m x 100m x 20m
Earth, grass, gravel, designed wooden benches, tree.
Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre,
J T Baylis and Co Ltd
"Meet, Sit and Talk"
1995 125m x 100m x 3m
Sandstone, polished granite, gravel, grass, cement
Planting Scheme by Allan R Ruff
Chancellors Court, University of Leeds
2m x 2m x 2m
Linking "Meet, Sit and Talk" in Chancellors Court with
final stage of re-design
in collaboration with John Micklethwaite-Howe of BHWB, Leeds,
with "Conversation" and "Meet, Sit and Talk"
The sculpture projects in The Chancellor's
Court received two commendations for Landscape from Leeds City
Council's Architecture 2000 awards.
"Sun Wall/Earth Wall"
Clay, straw, sand, cement, earth
10m x 6m x 2.25m
Biennale, Beer-Sheva, Israel
"Once upon a Time"
Unfired compressed earth blocks, cob, ceramic tiles, concrete
10m x 6m x 1.5m
C.E Primary School, Devon, in conjunction with the Centre for
Earthen Architecture, University of Plymouth
"Stay, Live and Sit"
1993. Dacite boulders and polished granite. 35m x 25m x 1m.
Commissioned by Monash University Gallery for the Fifth Australian
Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne.
Permanently sited at Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne.
Detail of polished granite stepping stones completing the double spiral of boulders inlaid with rectangles of polished black granite.
"The Doors are Open..."
8m x 10m x 2m
Gedächtnis, Kampnagel, Hamburg
Bricks, metallic paint, sound - "Aquarelle" by
14m x 10m x 1.5m
Gallery, Nottingham Trent University
"Gold and Black" 1991
Bricks, gold paint, black feathers
Height 2.6m Diameter 6.8m
Institute of Contemporary Art
"The Bell and the Arch:Fragments"
2.5m x 1.5m x 0.5m
Priory Museum, Runcorn, Cheshire
"Tatton River" 1989
125m x 5m x 1m
to Contemporary" at Tatton Park,
"Dublin Divide" 1988
20m x 20m x 1.5m
by the International Conference on Sculpture, Dublin.
Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
"Span" 1988 Brick 7m x 7m x 1.5m
'New Directions, New Attitudes' — The Richard Demarco Gallery at the Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
"Patch of Light" 1991
8m x 7m x 1m
by the Norfolk Naturalists Trust for Foxley Wood Sculpture Trail
"From the Ruins" 1985 Portland stone, Chesil pebbles. 10m dia x 1.7m ht
Commissioned by the Portland Clifftop Sculpture Park 2, in Tout Quarry, Portland.