Category Archives: Abstract Sculptures

‘The Mother’ – Progress

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This is the second element of the sculpture in the woods, built in deadfall and modelled in rough clay; both locally sourced.

A slideshow of the sculpture, under construction & prior to moulding, can be seen below:

 

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Sculpture in the Landscape

Nick Eames Maquettes

My sculptures are inspired by found natural forms that initially attract my attention. These may be flints, sea shells, driftwood or, more recently, split kindling for the fire.

I then develop these original forms in clay or plaster as a sculpture in the round: This is a working maquette (model). When I feel the piece is resolved, I then mould and cast it into cement. These maquettes constitute a body of work that I seek to build on a suitable scale for permanent siting in the landscape.

My Proposal for Flint Castle & Waterfront…

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Following the cancellation of the ‘Iron Ring’ sculpture for Flint Castle, this is my proposal should such funding become available again. The sculpture is entitled ‘Silver Bird,’ and would be constructed in stainless steel tubing. It is derived from my original piece, ‘The Gull’ – development of which is visible on this site.

My intention is to have this sculpture built by – and with the backing of – one of the major Flint steel construction companies. The object of this would be to bring investment into Flint & Deeside, as opposed to it being outsourced.

Cilcain Community Garden

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Over the summer, members of the community worked together to convert the old school yard (adjacent to the Village Hall) into a shared area: Functioning as both a peaceful garden in which to reflect and pause for breath – and also a warm, inviting space to welcome visitors and locals alike.

It was agreed that this Garden would serve as the ideal location for my sculpture ‘Buddies’ – originally intended for the local primary school, Ysgol-Y-Foel. When walking through the village on their way to visit St. Mary’s church, or the Millenium Woods, the pupils are encouraged to ‘buddy up,’ and this was the inspiration for the piece.

During the construction of the original sculpture, the pupils of Ysgol-Y-Foel worked with me, placing their thumb prints into clay before the final piece was cast. The leaving of a thumb print is a symbolic acknowledgement; that this community both remembers and thanks the excellent start in life Ysgol-Y-Foel has provided for the children of this village, past and present.

The Garden is a tribute to much loved Community member David Johnson, one of the key figures in the regeneration of the Village Hall. A quotation from Victor Hugo can be seen on the wall.

The Garden itself was designed by local landscape architect Simon Richards, and was project managed by committee members Valerie Thompson and Phil Higgins.

For the future?

Ideas for sculptures in the landscape.

‘Kokopelli’

The full sized maquette of Kokopelli is now outside the chapel in Cilcain.

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Kokopelli

The full sized maquette of Kokopelli is now outside the chapel in Cilcain.

On the chapel railings, Nick has left this inscription:

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After taking these pictures, I sat with Nick in his studio talking about his work, and produced some informal portraits of him.

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The shell; the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, is the inspiration for another work – based on the North Wales Pilgrims Way, running from Holywell to Bardsey.

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Images and text: David Allen

‘Buddies’ – An update

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‘Buddies’ – the sculpture for Ysgol-Y-Foel, is ready and waiting in the sculptor’s yard. It will shortly go on display outside Capel Gad, pending the school being ready to move it to its permanent home. A better quality photo to follow shortly!