The West Hoathly school Story Tellers chair - official presentation!

Way back in time to, er, last Monday morning (19th). A lot has happened since then! Official press day & presentation of the Story Tellers chair with a dedication at a special assembly in the outside classroom. Around Sussex way, you will probably have seen it featured in all the local press.

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Cricketer's bench gets a plaque!

Plaques are tricky things. The Cricketer's bench is a commemorative piece - official presentation is on Saturday the 26th May, at the 1st cricket match of the season on the newly restored cricket pitch within the Belmont Estate.

Plaques are tricky because they can interfere with the line & look of a piece. After much careful consideration we decided to run the plaque on the bench as a prominant part of it. The plaque has been flush set to keep the clean line of the seating & adds a touch of class, rather than being merely screwed on as an after thought.

Initial idea was to run the plaque in its own base setting flush set with the grass level under the bench. However we opted not to proceed with this as we felt that not only would the plaque be lost to easily - it would require such a large base setting to make it stand out that this in itself would dominate the work. Strimming over brass more frequently to maintain up-keep would in time deteriorate the brass plaque & lettering. If this piece had been set on a hard standing we would probably have opted to run the plaque somewhere in line below the bench it self.

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Hopefully if it is nice over the weekend we will post some pics of the cricket match!

West Hoathly school Story Teller's chair - Installation.

Today was the day - back to school. A primary school in West Sussex. And, in amongst the heavy showery weather of recent, it did not rain.

Yesterdays 2.5 m i drop! II installation for a new Arboretum in St. Albans had to be postponed due to the water logged ground - vehicle access to site. The weather is what the weather does!

Anyhow, back to today. Arrived to install during a PE lesson! And yes did have a few balls comming my way.

Had not quite finished all setting by break time, so I got some extra help to finish up! moto_0324.jpg moto_0325.jpg moto_0327.jpg moto_0329.jpg moto_0337.jpg

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Thats Mr Adam Earle (white shirt) headmaster of West Hoathly Primary school.

I really like the shadow effect from the rear post and as you can see in the sun shine the space is bathed in glorius tree dappled light.

The Official presentation & press day of this work will be on the morning Monday 19th May. Will post some more pics after the event. Time permitting will also post some pics of the making & set up of this work from earlier in the year.

The work is as yet still to be named. However now the chair is in view I am sure the pupils will create a fitting name.

The Oak & milling for this project was provided with courtesy & collaboration of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst Place.

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Thanks to Iain Parkinson & James Pumfrey.

Original drawings of the Story chair for West Hoathly

AM: West Hoathly Primary School visits the workshop.

100 Pupils come to visit the workshop at Belmont Park this morning from West Hoathly school, West Sussex to view progress on their Story Tellers chair for there outside classroom. It was raining when they arrived, however they still had a great time checking out the new chair & learning more about its creation. They also took the opportunity to wander around the gardens & find some of the other chaircreative seating pieces in the grounds.

Of course you can not really see much of the piece in the images as they were all too busy sitting on it!

Nearly completed - some finishing joining of the fins/spines into the rear post. We are aiming for an installation in around 3 - 4 weeks. So more on this project soon.

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