It’s Up!

I took the piece down to London this weekend and it was installed in situ on Saturday morning. It went up in just over an hour thanks to the fabulous efforts of Malcolm and Tim, the specialist installers  who had to physically push a cherrypicker through the foyer into position inside the atrium then ascend 60ft into the air to attach it to the beams inside.  They were extremely cheery and helpful, even smiling through gritted teeth when struggling to manoeuvre the 3m long piece at top of the cherrypicker, extended to its full length and height and bouncing precariously, the sun streaming harshly through the windows onto their sweating brows, when I realised I hadn’t specified that the piece had a front and back side and that they’d just clamped it in place 60ft up the wrong way round… oops. Thanks very much!

Malcolm and Tim and the cherrypicker - many thanks!

Thanks also to Tina from the Crafts Council who organised the installation with Catherine and who gave up her Saturday morning to come and oversee the installation. Much appreciated.

So, it’s up and I’m really happy with the way it looks. It was a bit of a leap of faith that the design would work, not having worked on this scale before but I’m really pleased with the results. I spent the morning filming the installation but only took a few photographs, stupidly. The shots I’ve got aren’t terribly good as there is a lot of reflection on the front of the window, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some more good ones before the pieces comes down.

So, because the installation was completed so quickly and efficiently (despite my best efforts!) I had plenty of time to look at the other pieces on the Collect Trail. If you’re in London in May it’s really worth a visit. I, alongside some of the other artists involved, will be giving a quick talk about the work on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th May at 1pm so if you’re about come along and say hello.

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