Place I

220cms high. Hole approx 60cms. Figure 29 to 35cms figures tall, head 172cms high.
84 cms high on 110cms high solid oak plinth

In polished stainless, the viewer stands in front of the sculpture. The viewer stands looking at herself within her immediate surroundings. Then a space, a circular gap in the reflection, another space. Within it stands a figure looking to a view, a distant place.


  • 220cms Polished Stainless £48,000
  • 220cms Corten £24,000
  • 84cms Polished Stainless Steel £19,800
  • 84cms Bronze £27,800
  • 84cms Corten or Iron Resin £POA

All prices approximate and subject to change, any fixings and base extra.

Material Options

Place could be made in corten, rusted mild steel, polished stainless or wood.

My preferred option because of the concept of Place, would be polished stainless. The viewer stands looking at self within landscape. Then a circular gap in the reflection, another space. Within it stands a figure looking to a view, a distant place.

Corten or Mild Steel Rusted

On a clear day, facing the sky, a circle of blue all the more intense, set off against the red of corten like a painting. If it’s cloudy then the figure within the sculpture comes more to the fore.

Images showing sculptures by Richard Serra made from steel but gives the idea and colour of corten
Images showing sculptures by Richard Serra made from steel but gives the idea and colour of corten

Fabricated Wood

‘Place’ could potentially be made out of fabricated oak. I would need to do some more research on the detailing of the hole and how much movement there would be in the oak.

Images from English Oak Buildings who I work with

Mirror Polished Stainless Steel

A highly reflective surface that acts like a mirror, reflecting and framing ‘Place’.

The flat surface of ‘Place’ would not be so distorted as in the pictures below so would be more of a direct mirror projecting light and views.

Images showing Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons Balloon Dog.

Background to Place

The figure in Place is based on a poem.

I Have It Here

Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the have not
rather than the have.
The could be, possibly, should be
rather than the have.

I have enough stuff. I have time,
I have life.

I possibly could, possibly should
have more
but I have some, I have enough.

I look outside, over there, under here
but look I have it here.

I have it here.

I have it here.

Details of figure

The figure comes from the poem, I Have It Here, so she has her eyes closed. This represents the idea that she has what she needs within herself, it is empowering. But depending on its location, she may want to animate the space in front, bringing that space to the viewers mind and so she may have her eyes open.

The steel circle I think it’s been with me all my sculpting life. At art college I was brought up on Anthony Caro and abstract steel sculpture, I rejected as I was uncertain on what to do with it, but here it comes into my work, life indeed has circles.

Sometimes, you make a piece of work which is the piece you have always being trying to make, what your work is fundamentally about, even though you can’t quite pinpoint what that is. Which is good because if everything could be explained with words then what’s the point my job.

Bird Bath ( Lifesize )



Colour choices

Grey and white/cream – In bronze this would be a patina, in resin this would probably be a painted finish. I haven’t ever done one life-size in grey so its a bit more risky but if I were to do any of my pieces it would be this one.

Dark brown – This is the most traditional looking finish, it’s our perception of what bronze should look like, think Rodin etc.  In bronze and resin it is done with patination, using chemicals to change the colour of the surface of the bronze or bronze resin. There will be a variation of tone in the low and highlights. I think this piece would look nice in dark brown with a green tint to the bowl. If the bowl is left to fill with water it will naturally do this overtime anyway.

Light brown Bronze Resin – This is standard finish at the moment, the bronze resin is rubbed down to reveal the particles of the bronze powder and then waxed. The dark wax in the lowlights reveal the highlights so show up the texture. Eventually over many years the wax on the surface of the piece will wear away with weather etc but the colour usually stays the same with the dark colour in the lowlights.

The photos below are of the small bronze version so they may look a little different in resin so its just a guide.


The new steel circle pieces are about support, each circle comes from the other but takes its own journey. 
Family 5 Is about what I can be with the support of my family, we are 5.


Family 3  ( in progress at foundry below and in Woolff Gallery )

Is about parenting. I saw a cormorant dive in the muddy deep river outside the studio, he was gone for some time but his ripples kept multiplying.

The people are tiny to suggest the smallness of ourselves within the world but the hugeness of giving life. It is about how two people can influence an ever increasing circle that gets bigger and bigger, long after you have dived into the water.