Portishead offered me the opportunity to research the history of the town and to incorporate this into the Port Marine site. Only a few clues are given with each piece such as F.W on the siren piece relating to Fred Weatherly who wrote the lyrics to 'Danny Boy' and came from Portishead. 'Shipshape' celebrates the training vessel which was moored nearby. The quote on the plinth (“Strive upwards working out the beast and let the ape and the tiger die.”) is Tennyson and used when the ship was inaugerated by Charles Kingsley (who wrote 'The Waterbabies').
A number of works continue the waterborne theme: ‘Miss England’ names the fateful boat on which Sir Henry Seagrave and his mechanic – a Portishead man, Victor Halliwell – perished in 1930, thwarted in their attempt to exceed the world water speed record on Lake Windermere. ‘Portishead Lifeboat Trust’ depicts Ray Herbert, long-serving coxswain of the town’s beloved lifeboat team. Another sailing legend is referenced in ‘Captain Ashford’, here seen steering the Waverley paddle steamer which was constructed in 1947 and now lays claim to being the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.
‘Topping Out’, taken from an old photograph, commemorates both the opening of the original power station and the commencement of the site’s regeneration. More modern developments are celebrated in ‘Bristol and Portishead Pier and Railway Company’, which in 1867 finally gave Portishead a rail link to Brunel’s Bristol and Exeter mainline.
I have carved stone for over 20 years now and have sited over 30 works in this country and abroad. I am at present working on a series of large figures for hospitals in Belfast.
'Hiking with the Cheshire Cat': a large two figure carving sited in Macclesfield Cheshire celebrating the Lewis Carrol connection (he was born in Cheshire) and the abundance of walkers and hikers in the area.
'Girls and Boys': a two figure carving commissioned by Asda on the site of an old Victorian school. The original girls and boys signs are included in the plinth. Sited in Widnes.
Sea shell benches: five carved benches sited on the seafront in Hartlepool.