Day 10 – cloudburst!

photographer Cliff Palmer braving the elements

The forecast was bad but the programmed session always goes ahead! There were also several important visitors in the diary. I had wanted to extend a hand to  The Horsham Society which promotes good planning and design and encourages people interested in the wellbeing of the town to get involved in the society. The balance of architecture old and new and the relationships of forms and surfaces in the civic environment channels considers using the same visual and haptic processes of the sculptor within the block – but the former is immensely more complex due to the area, the multitude of materials and the multiple agents of change. Sculptures, as microcosms with single material and artist – and on a human scale – have the potential to extend experience. They contribute to the richness of the civic environment, providing a legacy to the community they have emerged with and within – as well as bringing new people into the town through art tourism.

Horsham District Council Culture team were also popping by to see progress.

The afternoon deluge saw our concrete plinth momentarily forming a 2cm deep sea. The horizontal plane of the sitting water is useful for thinking how the river form can appear in sculpture. One needs to capture the same flatness for meandering lowland rivers, despite the Arun being one of the fastest British rivers in its tidal reaches below Pulborough. Thus, the lowest part of the block is starting to form a shelf at one end which will attempt to bring the essence of the Arun into the block.


momentarily standing water on the ground – and the start of a similar sculptural plane low down in the block

I am tentatively exploring enlarging the round ‘disc’ for suggesting action of a fulling mill wheel, which needs to imply flow through water transferring from a higher to lower lever. It was liberating hydro-mechanical energy in the 17th century and will yield visual energy in the sculpture if it successfully manages to convey movement in an inanimate form. Despite these being at either ends of the sculpture, the lower planes of water have the potential to link as one.


Despite preparedness (full weather gear), it was the most grim session so far and I left site damp to the core, but with the largest trug of removed material so far. The physically less productive ‘pondering’ process is vitally important to the development of the sculpture – but didn’t happen much today (except in questioning my sanity).

Next sessions: Saturday 16th, Weds 20th, Sunday 24th. 



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