Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Living Willow Sculpture/Installation Commissions

Here are a few images of living willow installations I have been involved in the creation of. Some are my design and the two larger ones at Hobbledown and Teifi Marshes I designed and project  managed which was a lot of fun. The dried willow animal heads on domes have been a very popular choice for lots of the local schools around Pembrokeshire. These heads will perish after three years outdoors but they do add interest to the structure while the dome gets established. The time to plant these structures is in the winter months when the plants are dormant. the latest I have planted living willow structures is mid April and I insisted on plenty of watering should there be a dry spell lol. Willow trees are second only to the  great  oak when it comes to supporting a diverse array of wildlife. These structures function as an imaginative place for children to relax and play, encouraging exercise and an interest in nature and wildlife study.

                                       Lamphey School Installation designed by Willow House
Cilgerran School Outdoor Classroom in full summer  bloom.

                                               Little fox head at Croesgoch primary school
Hobbledown living willow maze 2012

Mr Badge wild dome  kids play area Teifi Marshes.

Teifi Marshes kids play area domes redone spring 2013

Butterfly maze, Wildlife Park, Teifi Marshes, 2013 

                                           Outdoor Classroom, Cilgerran School, Winter, 2013
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Willow Sculpture Commissions

Burning Man, glastonbury Festival, 2010.

Rumpl tump, Hobbledown, Epsom, Surrey, 2012.

Here are a selection of willow sculpture commissions.  They have all been made for specific events, occasions and briefs. Rumpletump was  for the re branding of a  family theme park in Surrey and is  the likeness of a character out of the  storybook that the park is themed on. These pieces are made from dried willow and are woven over a greenwood or mild steel frame. They do have a limited lifespan if placed outdoors but will last indefinately if displayed indoors. I will put together posts of my festival work and living willow installations and commissions though these pieces are often negotiated with the festivals and client,  the designs can also be  left to me to create something appropriate. Until then please view older posts to see work herstory.

Badger, 10 m  long, for Wildlife Trust, Teifi Marshes, Pembs
Marshes, Cilgerran, Pembs, 2013
wild Boar, National Botanic Gardens Wales, 2012.

Two Boxing Hares for Oddfellows Hotel, Chester, 2

The Nest, Big Brother, Channel Four TV, 2010.

The Nest, Big Brother, Channel Four TV, 2010

 Dolphins, Cardigan Bay Enviromental, Cardigan, 2006

Storytelling room, Narberth Museum, Pembs, 2012.
Otter, Wildlife Park, TeifiMarshes, Pembs 2003
White Ribbon Alliance, RCO&G, St James Park, London, 2009
Badger, Teifi Marshes, 2013
Avalon Stage, Glastonbury Festival, 2009

Friday, 17 January 2014

Willow Boxing Hares at Oddfellows Hotel Chester

Just completed the installation of two 2m tall boxing hares for the upstairs lounge bar at Oddfellows Hotel, Lower Bridge Street, Chesterwww.oddfellowschester.com/‎ . The commission came just before Christmas and was a tight squeeze around the festivities as delivery was mid January. Being Chester and me being a Wirraltonian it was an opportunity I really could not turn down.  Oddfellows is a very cool and stunning venue...if you are in town go there it will certainly be memorable.