Friday, 4 September 2009

This is the early stages of the Deer Family having just been 'blocked out' with the chainsaw. Aug.2009
Mountain Bike, Victorian Hiking, Knotties Stone, and Chippendale progress down on the Chevin August 2009.
This is not only a homage to Thomas Chippendale the great cabinet maker from Otley but also I wanted it to be a magic chair for members of the public...when I run past it now it reminds me of an old Grandfather Chair we had in my family I remember as a child when growing up in Hunslet, south Leeds.
'The Knotties Stone'. I enjoyed the freedom I had when making this sculpture, as did I suppose the artists from many generations ago did when they carved their symbolic patterns in tough Yorkshire stone. The original Knotties Stone can be found higher up on West Chevin, and the animal in my sculpture has reference to both a Yorkshire ram and some of the exotic animals that were bred on the Chevin many years ago.
This side view of the first sculpture on the trail shows the climber and the bent mountain bike wheel....a reference to daredevil in us all.