Remember back in March, when it was sunny and bitter cold, I spent a beautiful Saturday on Lake Windermere with 265 divers from across the UK salvaging debris from its murky depths. The dive was to raise awareness about water pollution, and led by charity Friends of the Lake District, the rubbish was collected for me to scrutinise and select from to make a three sculptures. Yesterday the three were unveiled at Wray Castle, near Ambleside, and here they are in all their algae-ridden, stench laden, damaged and dangerous glory!
Many thanks to Dayve Ward for his wonderful photographs of my work. http://www.photographybyward.co.uk/
An antique bottle lies as a dead fish, floating in its own watery grave inside the damaged buoy, trapped on a lake of broken glass. Resurrected from the Lake’s polluted depths the shards signify danger juxtaposed against the sanctuary of the float. Symbolising the degrading planet, in its form and condition, the buoy lies silent and still.
Materials: salvaged debris from the bottom of Lake Windermere: broken pick-up buoy and smashed old glass bottles embedded in polyester resin
Dimensions: 35 x 35 x 35cm
Flying Fish Sculptures
These sculptures were created in response to two local primary schools work on the value of biodiversity, ecological balance and the threat of water pollution to species in the Lake. Both were made from rubbish found by the divers.
Langdale CE Primary School inspired Flying Fish: Sunglasses
Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School inspired Flying Fish: Headless Rider
Catch the exhibition at Wray Castle till August.
The exhibition celebrates the end of the three-year project Secret Windermere.