Quiverin corten steel sculpture installed in front of corrugated shed

Category: Site-specific

Media: Corten (weathering) steel plate, stainless steel threaded bar, various nuts, recycled polypropylene office files.

2020

Overview

The Quiverin are installed in the recently landscaped area to the rear of the cottage at Ever Garden. An area that once housed chickens and compost heaps and was generally left to go wild.

When devising how to shape and navigate the space, the inescapable format was that of a triangle. I decided to set about evolving a work or works from offcuts of Corten/weathering steel that I had used to create deep border edges there. The offcuts were saved as they were all interestingly, appropriately wedge-shaped.

The work photographed to date is the upshot of this, but still require the orange polypropylene ‘anthers’ adding to the 'stamens', which will be saved for the opening in 2021.

The Making Process

Taking the off-cut Corten wedges as the starting point, several potential ‘heads’ were assembled. A filler wire suitable for dissimilar metals (Corten to stainless steel) was used to make ‘fat’ obvious welds joining the plates. The welds would not weather like the Corten and so remain a visible trace of the making process.

Working with 10mm threaded stainless steel bar, supportive ‘bodies’ were composed. Coupling nuts were cut and joined at an angle to form shoulder and neck joints. The threaded bar as a structural support had a degree of flex within it which was exaggerated with the weight of the heads. It was guestimated that with enough links however, a mass stability could be achieved without totally losing all movement.

Working upwards from the heads, the form reference changed from human to plant-life with ‘stamens’ in 5mm threaded bar and mini nuts used as weld points and end caps.

Once installed in the ground and interconnected, the theory paid off and the balance between fixed points and top-heavy weighting produced a reverberating movement depending on wind strength.

With the grouping set in the ground, the overall forms were observed to also connect with arrow heads. The coinciding phrase ‘a quiver of arrows’ came to mind.

Tucked away in storage are an assortment of orange and red wedge shaped dangling additions, to be spaced apart along the stamens with nuts and washers. These have been cut to balance vertically and themselves ‘quiver’ in the lightest of breezes and will be applied for the open season, hopefully not too far off in the future.

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