commission brief is particularly interesting as it relates
well to my interest in “industrial archaeology”.
My fascination with railway innovation stems from childhood
exposure to “working engine sheds” in the North
East of England, where I made numerous studies of rolling
stock. My chief research topic relates to the heritage aspects
of machinery and how this can be developed in terms of the
aesthetic making of a fully comprehensible sculpture that
reflects the cultural heritage of the location it is eventually
located. The historical connotations of the site are fundamental
to my interests and would be key to the realisation of the
Locating key elements of Pound Mill,
(through public consultation), within the concept of the
sculpture and aligning this to the chief areas of research
in my own output, which are, industrial archaeology and
forms that are resonant of the human figure. The blend of
history, trade and industrial innovation is central to my
output and has stimulated several major commissions of my
work worldwide as well as collaborations with eminent practitioners
in the fields of Engineering and Medical Sciences.
The challenge of turning a space
into a place and at the same time creating a landmark sculpture
is an issue central to my research and something I have
explored in a series of sculptures here in the UK and overseas.
The treatment of the proposed sculptures surface’s
will analogue with materials, textures and colours of the
immediate vicinity of the surrounding architecture and at
the same time elevate the question of illumination, as a
key aspect of the overall form of the proposed two part
Site lines to and from the sculptures
is also important in order to facilitate the flow of pedestrian
traffic, as well as create a meeting point for the community.
This proposed sculpture will also
link with three established aspects of my output that deal
with the “ the railway industry” as a concept;
Dal Fabrros Chariot, Beetham Towers Liverpool, and Railway
Rumble at Gt. Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street, London; The
Signaller, The Rushes, Loughborough.
Furthermore, this commission
facilitates cross-border collaboration with a design team,
which is my preferred method of working, as it allows an
integrated approach to the design of the site and the sculpture.
Moreover, I have now established a practice and team capable
of delivering complex projects on time and within a given