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Belvoir "3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw" Sculpture Trail

Sculpture Symposium 2011

Hannah Satchwell  "Doors"

3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw - 3Rs Sculpture Trail

In her first year of a BA Fine Art at Norwich College of Art, Melton Mowbray resident Hannah Satchwell 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. 

Using unwanted doors donated by Symposium supporters such as Mid-UK Recycling Ltd, Phil O'Brien who was emptying an old stable at his house in Knipton, Dr. Deidre Gallop and Dr. Andrew Gallop from Woolsthorpe - Hannah created an interactive sculpture installation of 5 doors for which Wickes in Grantham donated two jumbo bags of gravel, while Jewsons chipped in with primer, undercoat and landscaping fabric. The final yellow paint is a reference to the surrounding fields of rape in full bloom during the event, and was purchased from Brewers (who later kindly donated materials for Robbie Scandrett's installation).

Reclaimed doors donated by a variety sources allowed Hannah Satchwell to create a wonderful sculpture installation during the 2011 3Rs Symposium

photo credit: Zita Tatrai

Nestling in one of the hollows off the towpath along the Grantham Canal between the Woolsthorpe lock and Stenwith bridges (approx. midway), this installation was being blogged about from day one by a volunteer from the cycle path team. In fact, Hannah's sculpture was installed in that particular hollow because it already had an old gate entrance onto the cycling trail.

Hannah's original artist statement, prior to the symposium: "
With 'Doors' I aim to communicate that as humans we are intelligent enough to design machines to make so much 'stuff' but too stupid to realise that we actually have far too much 'stuff' already that we could reuse or adapt. This is a similar concept to Stewart Brand's in 'How Buildings Learn – What Happens After They Are Built' where he discusses the benefits of adapting existing buildings to our modern day lives. He feels that, if we would only let them, buildings could mature and develop with us and in the process preserve layers of history. Instead we seem to need new things to feel as though we are making progress. Are we a society that constantly has to make a fresh start because we are too uncomfortable with who we already are? This is not only shown through buildings but can be seen in any shopping centre or magazine. The 'Doors' installation designed to be confrontational in this matter. Their second hand nature holds an inspired history of being an entrance/exit for old and new places."

Afterwards, Hannah wrote: "These reclaimed doors (donated by a recycling facility and by residents of the Vale) have appeared here to provoke thoughts about our 
'disposable culture' . The sculpture installation also may give insight into the different decisions we make, on a personal level or society as a whole, that can spiral us along completely different journeys."

During the symposium, Laury saw Hannah through a definite journey. One during which she learned totally new skills, from talking on a radio show (103 FM The Eye in Melton on Easter Sunday morning), to sanding and scraping, to using hand tools and a Dremel to scratch patterns onto some of the doors, to loading (and unloading) paint brushes properly (and the fact that oil paint is cleaned up with white spirits), and more about sculpture in general than Hannah had learned during her whole foundation year! Leicestershire will be proud of this art student for sure...

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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