My lovely piece of yew has been delivered! It's beautiful, I'm very excited.
For those of you wanting a sense of scale, it's 74cm tall and 28cm square.
I'll post pictures on here as the sculpture progresses.
To the left you can see what it looks like with the bark still on. Below, you can see the grain inside. Thanks to Steven from the sawmill for trimming it into a more manageable 28cm square section for me (it was too heavy to lift whole. It's still too heavy for me to lift, but at least I can push it about now!)
I have been commissioned by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham to make a sculpture for the courtyard of Jubilee House, the new offices they are currently building in Southwell.
Two more sculptures for the courtyard are being made by two other artists, in different materials, but from the same brief.
My sculpture will be made of wood, with a band of glass ‘mosaic’ wrapped around it in a spiral. I’ve chosen to use yew for its colour and interesting grain. It will contrast nicely with the sweet chestnut cladding of the new building and the York stone paving in the courtyard. The other two artists are Ingrid Pears and Michael Johnson. Ingrid is making her sculpture from hand blown glass, while Michael’s will be a giant unravelling knot constructed from steel bars. The three pieces promise to be an interesting combination and sit together well in the courtyard.
Yesterday I got the go-ahead on the final design of the sculpture from the commissioning board and went to select a piece of wood from Elston Sawmill up near Newark.
About this blog
This blog, by Sarah Fiander, is about making sculpture.