I don’t use a cement mixer

For the sculpture at Broomhill I am making 100 concrete cylinders and casting each one by hand. This means hand mixing the materials and taking my time. Somebody, quite innocently said to me today; “why don’t you use a cement mixer and get more done quickly?” This inevitably triggered the same question that I have…

An uncomfortable association

I recently discovered whilst researching the WWI background for the sculpture I am making for Broomhill that the Wiltshire town where I live and work is also the birth place of Henry Shrapnel in 1761. The same Shrapnel who invented and gave his name to the anti-personnel shrapnel shell, a fragmentation explosive designed to cause…

Proposal drawings

My original proposal drawing for the Broomhill sculpture. I am currently in the process of casting the 100+ cylinders that form the main structure of this piece, and as always happens, as the day by day making proceeds the character of the work evolves. It begins to exert its presence in the studio and suggest…

Research images

The aim of the piece I am making is to form a connection with the start of WWI and the continual conflicts of the following 100 years. I have been researching imagery from the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium and found this photo of rusting artillery shells in a farmyard. It seems these are…