Bath & North East Somerset Parks department have been busy planting around the Ironart Sun Flower sculpture on Bathwick Hill. It’s great to see it looking so radiant in the summer sunshine after months of bare earth and dreary weather. It gets a big thumbs up from all of us, hope you’re enjoying it too!
On Friday the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain bike race kicked off in Bath. As many of you will know (the Wiggo sideburns are a dead giveaway) cycling is something that is very close to Andy’s heart – so no prizes for guessing who took full advantage of this wonderful photo opportunity!
Ironart’s Sun Flower was perfectly positioned as a backdrop as the peloton raced along Great Pulteney Street, zoomed past the sculpture on the Bathwick Hill roundabout, then headed off along Pulteney Road and out of Bath towards Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge. It was over in a flash, but it was a very beautiful moment.
Ironart’s Martin Smith worked closely with our clients Woodhouse & Law in Bath to design, make and install this amazing ‘found objects’ gate at Zero Degrees in Bristol. This was a really exciting and interesting project which we executed within a very tight deadline.
Martin and our team pulled out all the stops to make this happen, sourcing all component parts from scrap yards, salvage yards and contacts we knew would be hoarding bits and pieces we could use! The gate features Clifton Suspension Bridge, plenty of references to the Bristol Docks, engineering, Brunel, industry and hot air ballooning. We are absolutely chuffed to bits with the results – it look terrific. This completely unique and quirky gate is at the entrance to Zero Degrees micro-brewery and restaurant right in the centre of Bristol at 53 Colston Street Bristol BS1 5BA. We’re sure it will stop people in their tracks for many years to come!
Andy and the team were up at the crack of dawn on Saturday 14th June to set up the spectacular ‘Sun Flower’ sculpture on the roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill in the centre of Bath. The pictures we’ve blogged below tell the story of the sculpture installation. This is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and we are all incredibly excited about it. We have been working closely with Bath and North East Somerset Council Parks & Grounds department to ensure this exciting new 4.7m high structure is on display for the 50th Anniversary of ‘Britain in Bloom’ in July. Striking pieces of public art always ignite a public reaction and with any luck this will get everyone talking…which is exactly the response we want. Join the debate on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @Ironart_of_Bath
The Sun Flower was conceived by Andy and hand made by the team here in Larkhall. Informed by his love of the natural world, geometry, and engineering, the design continues his exploration of forms and processes used in his everyday work as an architectural ironworker. “I had a completely open brief for this sculpture which wasn’t conceived as a literal manifestation of a sun flower but as an ‘’homage to the sun’, that universal force radiating its energy to us all. It represents life and growth, the fire we work with, an opportunity to fuse traditional skills with contemporary design”(Andy Thearle, Ironart of Bath)
Please spread the word……It’s FOR SALE! It’s anticipated that it will be in situ for 12 months. Ironart and BathNES Council are looking for a company or individual to secure it for the future within the City. The sculpture carries a price tag of £20,000 + vat, but is offered at £15,000 + vat by Ironart to secure it as a piece of public art for the city. Interested parties should contact the Ironart team on 01225 311 273.
More (really techie) information about the Sun Flower sculpture!
The Ironart Sun Flower stands 4.7m high x 4.5m at its widest point and weighs approximately 750kg. It was made in mild steel which has been galvanized. It stems from a 450mm base which is attached to 1800kg of underground ballast to stop it keeling over! The supporting legs are 70 x 20m rectangular sections which were cold rolled with ends that were tapered and scrolled in the forge. The legs are secured to the foundation metalwork by 2 no. M16 bolts per leg. The flame details are a combination of 50 x 10mm and 50 x 20mm sections which have been cold rolled then hand-shaped, with hot forged ends. The petals are constructed from 34mm heavy wall tube which were rolled, mitred and welded. Leg/flower connections have been made with 50 x 13mm metal collars with 3 no. M10 bolt fixings. Absolutely everything was done in the Ironart Larkhall workshop by our skilled team of artist blacksmiths with the exception of the cold rolled 70 x 20mm legs which we outsourced due to their size.
The legs are finished in a combination of Bronze Green and metallic paints from the Ardenbrite range. The stripes are in Light gold and Copper. The flower petals in Green Gold, the flames in Sovereign Gold.
The tricky installation was carried out by a team of five people, using a purpose-built 4.5m high gantry bolted to the foundations, with a block and tackle combined with good old fashioned man power and ingenuity!
The whole Ironart workshop is buzzing with anticipation this week as our huge Sun Flower sculpture nears completion. All elements have been assembled and we can start to envisage the scale and proportions of this beautiful and unique piece.
The Sun Flower sculpture is 4m high and 4m wide and will soon grace the roundabout at the bottom of Bathwick Hill outside St Mary the Virgin church. The Sun Flower sculpture is the vision of Andy Thearle who owns and runs Ironart, follow THIS LINK to a previous blog post. It is going off to be galvanized at the end of this week, and will then receive it’s paint colour scheme here in our workshops in Larkhall before being erected in early June. Follow us on Twitter @Ironart_of_Bath to stay in touch with us about this project as it happens.
Eagle-eyed locals may have spotted us in the Bath Chronicle this week. We’re looking for a company or individual who would like a 12 month high profile branding opportunity and the chance to own this elegant sculpture. The ‘Sun Flower’ was designed by Ironart’s Andy Thearle and will be on display on the Bathwick Hill roundabout right in the centre of Bath from June 2014. The beautiful, dramatic structure is 4m high and 4m wide, and will be planted up by the Council’s Parks & Green spaces department in time for the Britain in Bloom judging in July. Bathwick Hill is on the main arterial trunk road around the centre of town. If you’re interested in discussing this project with us, please get in touch with Alice or Andy here at Ironart on 01225 311 273.
One of Ironart’s most exciting projects in recent years. A beautiful tented dining pavilion, created for Bill & Frances Atkins at The Yorke Arms near Harrogate. The Yorke Arms is a prestigious venue – nationally recognized as one of the UK’s top Restaurant with Rooms. Chef/Proprietor Frances Atkins and her talented team have held a Michelin Star since 2003.
The dining pavilion was designed by Andy Thearle at Ironart, it comprises of a sculptural, galvanized mild steel gazebo frame, designed to stand bare in the winter as an eye-catching focal point in the garden. In summer the addition of a weatherproof, fire-resistant canvas cover transforms the struture into a breathtaking tented dining room with an integral table that comfortably seats eight. A domed canopy over an open fire in the centre of the table creates a unique and intimate atmosphere.
If you would like more information, or are interested in commissioning one of these structures please give us a call to discuss. Please click on the images below to enlarge them.
And now for something completely different!
We were asked to make a unique trophy for the Bath Boules Tournament 2013 in honour of the Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier who died in America earlier this year. Richard had been a long-term supporter of the Bath Boules Tournament. It just so happens that Martin knows quite a lot about Star Wars and he did a great job of constructing the trophy. Richard played Admiral Motti in the first Star Wars Film in which he was mentally strangled to death by DarthVadar with the words…”I think your lack of faith disturbing”!
The trophy represents the ‘Death star destroying Alderon (Princess Leah’s home planet)… apparently!