Skelton Grange Environment Centre Stone Circle
The stone circle was commissioned by the SGEC. The carvings depict a red squirrel a kestrel a hare and a heron. The stones slightly larger than life size were carved at my studio in relief. The stone circle is a feature of the SGEC woodland walk and was planned to be at a height suitable for children.
As in the mythical creature of ancient Greece, this sculpture represents the head of a bull and the body of a man. However in this piece, I was concerned with expressing the feeling of barely contained anger. The bulls head refers to our animal nature and the human element - our need to suppress and control our bestial emotions.
In 2010 I was commissioned to create a series of mosaics opposite Woodkirk church. The mosaics depict a timeline from the Vikings until the present day. Each mosaic tells a narrative of events that have shaped the local area.
The mosaics are inlaid into Yorkshire sandstone slabs which were kindly donated by Marshalls PLC. All tiles and tesserae kindly donated by Al Murad Tiles.
Between the 7th and the 10th centuries the viking parliament of the north was situated on Parliament Hill, Tingley.
Lee Fair is the oldest annual horse fair that still survives in England today. The fair was granted a Royal Charter in 1136 by King Stephen, but the fair was probably established well before this date.
Prior to the dissolution of the Monastries,St Mary's of Woodkirk was a small Monastry that belonged to Nostell Priory. The monks left Woodkirk around 1540.
Stone quarrying is the common thread that links all the time periods. This mosaic depicts a man splitting a stone with plug and feathers, this method has not changed since ancient times.
In the Victorian era the railways brought great changes to the whole area.
The last mosaic depicts the modern age of the computer and was designed by local schoolchildren.
This is the latest project for the Beyond Graffiti workshops. This time we offered stone carving workshops to students on the National Citizenship Awards program. The project entailed carving The Lister Lion for the centrepiece of the newly planted maze at Shibden Hall. Sixteen students were involved and were given two days to complete the carving in relief. The students performed really well as none of them had carved before