Castle & Estate Artist-in-Residence Project
Belvoir "3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw" Sculpture Trail
Sculpture Symposium 2011
Chlöe Jane Chandler "Second Hand Rain"
In her first year of a BA Fine Art at University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury, Chlöe Jane Chandler was selected from the national competition to take part in a sculpture symposium in the UK which took place during the Spring of 2011 in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir. Her proposed sculpture garnered the highest vote from the panel of jurors.
Working with the recycled / reclaimed metal made available to her (derelict scaffolding from Belvoir Castle's engine yard) and two goal posts donated by Trail supporter Phil O'Brien and his wife Carrie, Chlöe was also lucky to be the recipient of a generous donation of 300 white sacks from M & B Sacks Limited located in nearby Foxton.
photo credit: Zita Tatrai www.zitaphotos.co.uk
Located on local farmer Paul Sheardown's field besides the Grantham Canal between the Woolsthorpe lock and Stenwith bridges (closest to Stenwith), this whimsical recycled metal sculpture is elegant and also has an interesting kinetic element to it, the bags shaping the "cloud" swaying or swelling with the Lincolnshire winds.
Chlöe's original artist statement, prior to the symposium: "The sculpture I settled my ideas upon would be one, of course, constructed with reclaimed materials, but one that symbolised the reclamation and recycling of a substance a little more vital for life: water. In quite an obvious form of a cloud with “rain” falling from it, the sculpture will collect water from rainfall and continue to “rain” long after the other clouds have gone away. Subject matters aside, the whole notion of working in the outdoors with help from and helping others sounds like a brilliant experience to be had. I love physical activity and getting hands on with materials so I can really imagine getting stuck into the project."
Note from Laury: "Chlöe - you got stuck in big time, showed fantastic resourcefulness and were a delight to mentor!"
The sculpture was welded in the farm shop of local vale of Belvoir farmers Paul and Peter Sheardown to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude for their help and support throughout the symposium. Chlöe (along with Ryan Curtis and Ryan Kerslake) also greatly benefitted from the expert advice of civil engineer Andrew Pendleton who volunteered his assistance throughout the symposium.
The 3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw Sculpture Trail is an artist-led initiative by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, who garnered the support of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Castle and received for the project a major donation from Christie's auction house (European office).
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