Wood

Wood is my primary medium as my work is inspired by natural forms. Scale is important so using very large pieces of timber has been common in my practice for the past 5 years.

One of the attractions of travelling the world is experiencing different woods and utilising their primary qualities.

My organic work focuses on using discarded wood and forms in decay to bring new shapes and life to what most people would refer to as "firewood"!

I have found that people the world over relate to wood in a very personal way in that it's tactile nature brings them closer to any work produced in it.

I don't choose wood for what it will give me - I choose wood by shape and for what it may contain - nothing is certain until work is completed.

 

Sand

After being introduced to sand sculpture by Kirk Rademaker from San Fransisco ( www.sandguy.com ) I was dumbstruck. How on earth could these amazing sculpture even stand up.

After playing on the beach for a couple of weeks I returned to the USA to get in some real practice at South Padre Island. Being one of the "homes" of sand sculpture I was helped by some of the top sculptors in the world - Thanks Amazing Walter, Sandy Feet, Fred Mallet and Marty and Christy.

In sand sculpture its more that just creating someting amazing in a material that looks like it shouldn't be able to do that - its about the people you meet and the colest people I have ever met - Sand Sculptors.

I competed in my first master competition in Port Aransis,TX and had yet another great time. another great thing is how you learn from others while competing and also the fact that they are never too tired to show you how to do anything or lend you the right tools and so on and so on. Go to the links page for more great sand sculpture sites.

Sand sculpture is a small part of my work at the moment but I intend to spend more time during 2004 in the USA competing and helping others to have a go on the beach!

Check out www.sandcastlecentral.com - its an awesome site if you want to find out more - better still just get down to the beach and hve a lesson - or just play - just like i did!

 

Ice

The only time I have sculpted ice was in a competition in Vaasa in western Finland in 2002.

I worked longside Rosemary Terry of Wolcverhampton University and we used only hand tools as we wanted to experience the feel of the material and try to understand its properties more fully before attacking it with chainsaws, grinders and the like.

Our piece entitled " Invitation" was based upon the nordic sailing tradtion and an open invitation for everyone who came into contact with the vessel to take part or become involved - just the way we were invited to compete in Finland.

The country and its people are remarkable and I have no doubt that I shall be returning in the future.

Meanwhile there are plans afoot to have a go at much larger things in ice - watch the news column. It is also remarkable how many sculptors work in both sand and ice regularly.

 

Metal

Metal is a maerial I have used many times to explore the skelatal nature and make up of sculpture. Welding and joining metal has fascinated me for a long time and I usually try to bring an element to outoor works in particular.

Metal lends itself to fragile interpretation in certain works as well as being able to bring strength in both the physical and visual side of a sculpture.

I have used small gauge round bar in many "living" projects in parks and gardens on project involving both adults and children. Giving children the opportunity to carve wood and bend mild steel certinly changes their outlook on materials!

Commisions in metal can be on any scale and are usually aimed at settings within regenerating landscapes.

 

Recycled Industrial Surplus

This is not scrap - even though I am a great fan of all the scrapyard programmes, I use Industrial surplus. This are products that are surplus to requirements and have another use when I see them. For example, why not use the forged stainless steel dish ends from gas tanks to make a sensory pool for the disabled that they can run their wheelchairs through? - Or use the insulators from the National Grid Pylons to create a water feature in a Environmental Education Centre? - or perhaps we could use scaffold tubes to create an air garden?

All these projects and many more, have utilised the excellent qualities of the original item to improve and enhance projects in the environemnt. I welcome the chance to find new uses for items thought only fit for scrapping.

Most companies are very happy to supply materials and see them recycled into art and sculpture - especially if it benefits the community, local schools and helps to educate children. Most companies are happy to provide logistical support so as I can get the best out of their surplus.

I welcome the opportunity to work with these materials and am glad that others don't seem to have discovered them yet!

If you have any surplus and you wonder what might it could become, why not contact me on art@andyhancock.com