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Navigating the starts - Public Sculptures

Featured In Chichester Marina, England, United Kingdom

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Limestone art sculpture installed at Chichester Marina to celebrate Chichester Council’s Public Art Strategy, which aims to provide public art, particularly within smaller rural communities. The artwork, which will stand against the beautiful backdrop of Chichester Harbour was also installed to commemorate the build of Chichester’s boatyard back in April 2014. The main sculpture is of a single piece of Ancaster limestone which has grey to pink colour variations and is held in place by the base which is a piece of local Horsham stone; with distinctive ripples revealing how it was formed from an ancient sea bed. “The artwork was commissioned by Premier Marinas as part of the new marina development at Chichester, with the help of art consultant, Frances Lord. This has been paid for by Premier Marinas as part of their developer contribution. All developments of a certain size have to pay a developer contribution which is used for community facilities and public art. This will also contribute to our Public Art Strategy, which aims to provide art within smaller rural communities. I would like to congratulate the artists, Chris Elsey and Alyosha Moeran, on producing this elegant sculpture that everyone can enjoy.” Artists, Chris Elsey, letter carver and Alyosha Moeran, a sculptor, worked in collaboration on the project and Chris Elsey explains the idea behind the design: “The concept for this project grew out of our meetings at the marina and taking in its wonderful location. Back at our studios Alyosha, Tom (my apprentice) concentrated on making a scale model of the overall sculptural shape and I focused on designing a frieze of wording taken from nautical terms.” “The inscription was then hand drawn and carved. We chose Ancaster weather bed stone from Lincolnshire and at a later date we decided on Horsham stone for the base, a local stone that has a natural fossilized wave pattern, adding to the overall theme of the sea and the craft that venture out of the harbour”.

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Stonecarving and stone sculpture

I remember reading a story as a kid in was from the 'folktales of "Oita", the region in which I was brought up and the story was about a guy, a priest, who decided to carve a passage through a mountain because travelers kept falling to their deaths from the treacherous path which ran along the cliff edge. I think it took him over twenty years. I remember being hugely impressed with the idea that one person could even think to carve through a mountain. I later visited the passageway where the marks of his chisels could still be seen...

Stone carving requires a huge amount of persistence and determination but once you get to grips with the material, it can be surprisingly flexible and the work itself is strangely meditative. The process of carving stone is like a kind of active dreaming. The material has a density, an unforgiving nature and a sense of permanence but the work I do is more about trying to convey an idea of transformation, of fragility and lightness.

I undertake all kinds of work in stone, including Fireplaces and Memorials and am open to the commission.