Friday, 29 October 2010

Reworking of Cone Cab In Bristol

I am working on the Cab sections of the sculpture by packing the cells with strips of cardboard. The cavities for the cone leaves will be left unfilled. I am not sure what to do with the leaves themselves yet

Cone Cab Sculpture dismantled

This sculpture has been dismantled,stripped, split into 6 sections and transported to Bristol where it is now being reworked.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Ravanna 10 Headed God for Diwali Manchester

Here are the first pics of Diwali 2010

Friday, 24 September 2010


Last years Ravanna build. A bonfire for Diwali in Manchester

I worked out how the piece should be best assembled, built a plynth and entered it in the West of England Academy open art exhibition.

It was difficult to transport in my car.

Judging is taking place now .

Meanwhile I am working away in Manchester building a 10 headed god RAVANNA for Diwali.

Watch out for info of this.


Images of the first assembly of all 6 sections.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

6th and final section. Whats it going to look like when I assemble it all!

Running out of cardboard bike boxes from cycle shops in Bristol.
Ive got through about 70 boxes so far

Using spheres to develop the extrusion paths

Cardboard profiles to define the shapes of the extrusions to visualise the directions of the extrusion paths

Having to cut spheres by hand because Im not near a CNC machine in Bristol
The movie below reminds me of the BP oils spill cameras when monitoring the spill and capping process.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Working out the profile of the extrusion in Section Five

Distortion problems

Soaking the 4th section with PVA to freeze it and make it a solid lump.
I make use of load straps to undistort it until the PVA sets.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Work Work Work

Ravanna 10 headed god. Approx 10 metres
tall.I built it for Diwali last year in Manchester. It is a bonfire

Im now over half way and im trying to complete the 'extrusion' sculpture before I work on Diwali in Manchester. Ive been asked to build a 10 headed god (Ravanna )that burns down as part of a festival of light.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Second Section Almost Done

The second section was load strapped to compress it into the correct shape and then covered with pva glue that soaks in and 'freezes' the section.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Now im back doing my own sculpture after earning money away

Back to work on the Taxi. Almost completed the rear of one side of the taxi shell.
Im leaving the ends of the extrusions rough to maybe continue them or leave them as they are because they are dynamic.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Process of building the Dove of Peace fire drawing for the Tate Gallery in Liverpool

5.On fire at the climax of the show

1.Fusing the fire drawing

4.Steel dove armature with soaked paper rope mounted on our specially adapted pontoons.
Ready to be floated out into a dock next to the Tate in Liverpool

3.Section of wing of the steel dove armature with a few pieces of dry paper rope ready to be soaked in parrafin

2.Dove drawing scaled up on floor in workshop so that a steel armature can be manufactured from 12mm steel bar.

1.Dove working drawing on graph paper

Monday, 12 July 2010

Will be back working on this sculpture on the 19th July after The Tate Gallery project.

But in the meantime

This is where I am at.The plan is to put it in the West Of England Academy Show.


A bit more info about it

Festival in Liverpool

If it so happens you visit this blog and it seems nothing has happeded to the sculpture then let me explain.
It will be because I have to work on projects to pay the bills. At the moment I am working on a festival for the Tate Gallery Liverpool. I have been commissioned to design, build and install a series of floating fire drawings/sculptures in one of the docks for a festival of Picasso. The fire sculptures are inspired by some of Picassos portraits. Central to the instalation is a 30 feet x 16 feet fire drawing of a dove of peace.
A show produced and directed by Walk the Plank will happen on friday 16th and saturday 17th July. It will involve fire music performance and pyrotechnics and is free.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Fleshing out the second panel

Having established the basic shapes of the extrusions. I am now inserting more strips,carving and merging new form from the taxi body mesh. Slowly I am liberating myself from the strict CAD system and doing freeform sculpting over the top. Re-sculpting the virtual world.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

mini tour

second section

Working out the profile of the extrusion

Defining the basic shape of the extrusion with the 4 main profiles, before filling in.

Start of Second Section

I am not going to reveal the completed first section but will now show work on the second section

Monday, 14 June 2010

First section almost finished

Finishing first section.
Clamping and gluing with an improvised press using scavenged boards and load straps.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Second extrusion

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Back working on this piece.
Ash, oil or.........................

Strips ready to insert in CAM former