Delivering Sculptures

June, 2010

 

Delivering my sculptures to destination turns into a massive ego trip. If being noticed is your "thing", try strapping a horse onto the back of your pick-up. It works every time.

 
Young children are especially appreciative of my art!! Not yet of the age where showing  interest is totally uncool, young heads will do a 180 swing, locked onto the sculpture as we drive by.
 
Delivering sculptures in Jersey was made way easier with the help of Rob, Geoff and a hydraulic truck. All told 3 sculptures were delivered within a couple of hours. First stop was the newly planted exotic fern garden of Trenton Manor.
 
Installing the sculpture was still a tricky affair. First off, the 150kg very dense driftwood base was wheeled into place on a custom built carriage that I had made back home in my studio. With the base on its side, the 40cm long, 3cm Ø stainless steel bolts that extend from Arteius' hooves were inserted into the locating holes in the base, and the nuts were screwed into place.
 
Five of us lifted the sculpture upright and the last job was to offer up the antlers into place.
 
Artemis, a stately mare glancing right, was next up for delivery. Although Jersey is only 20km from side to side you can get lost on its myriad  small country lanes and the next stop, all of 5 km away as the bird flies, took an hour to reach.
 
Artemis was winched into her final resting place in a green field soon to be orchard, to the absolute fury of the resident black labrador, who lunged and retreated and barked his opposition to this intrusion into his territory! 
 
My large scale outdoor sculptures are built on a 6-9cm Ø stainless steel tubular base, designed to embed into the ground, onto four pre-cemented blocks (not supplied!). Straps hold the stainless steel tubes and are bolted into the cement blocks. River pebbles are great to fill in the recess around the base and also keep earth and rainwater from coming into constant contact with the hooves. Although the driftwood I use to make my sculptures is extremely dense, continual contact and exposure to earth and water will eventually degrade the wood. I do have available detailed instructions on installing and caring for my sculptures which I am happy to send out upon request... please drop me an email using the CONTACT option on the main website entry page.

James Doran Webb