Saturday, 27 October 2018

Totnes Arts Trail 'Clear Water' with Ed Hill

Down the Drain


Hello, my name is Ed Hill - the artist behind this art installation called ‘Down the Drain’. I joined the ‘Transition Town Totnes Arts Network’ a month ago with the aim to involve myself more in environmental issues.
After the river clean

The Stimuli
My starting point was a feeling of discontent concerning the untreated pollution that goes down storm drains. I see the evidence when I walk along the river and go wild swimming. I would have expected it to be teaming with fish, birds and insects, but instead there were plastic bags, shopping trolley’s and car tyres – and this in the rural South Hams a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! I have also heard that it is not the best idea to swim in the river just after it has rained.

The Creation
With all this in my mind, I chose the image of a drain to form the focal point of my work. The bottle symbolises the contaminants going down. I deliberately used a blank bottle, as this could be anything, and I invite you to write on the bottle what it could be.
The vortex of water depicts the flowing of water, and the way plastic bags are found tangled around branches, swirling in the eddies. To make a direct link with the issue at hand I used plastic from my river. The river clean lasted 30 minutes, and I removed; a shopping trolley; a shopping basket; lots of plastic bags; a big bundle of netting; barbed wire and a big rug of material. To finish the work, I installed a few of the aquatic animals I have sculpted.
 The fish swimming in the vortex

The Reflection
I feel I have made a piece of work that tells a story. It is my hope that it is suggestive enough to allow peoples’ imaginations to run. I would have liked other objects above the drain to convey the range of sources, but there are too many. So, I thought a collective process would be better.
I have enjoyed the process as it has given me an opportunity to devote time to the issue and reflect on my behaviour regarding contaminants. For example, when I go wild swimming in rivers I don’t usually go collecting rubbish, but doing the river clean felt surprisingly rewarding and empowering to think that I can, in my own small way make a difference. I am currently planning another river clean over a longer period inviting a couple of friends to join me.

Ed Hill is a metal artist who recycles cutlery and kitchen utensils from St. Luke’s Charity Shop and transforms them into animal sculptures. He has a workshop where he lives in Ermington near Ivybridge. He is currently preparing for a four month long exhibition at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington starting in November. You may also have seen his work at Delamore Arts in Cornwood, where he hopes to exhibit again next year in May.

Friday, 26 October 2018

RHS Rosemoor


In recent months I have been getting ready for RHS Rosemoor Sculpture Exhibition November 2018 - February 2019.

I have been working on a range of sculptures I will sell in the RHS gardens, Torrington, North Devon. This is a large sculpture event, the gardens at Rosemoor attract around 40,000 visitors over the Winter Months. This sculpture exhibition also coincides with their garden ilumination event.

At the gardens you will see this Lyrebird, my biggest sculpture to date. Like all my work it is made from cutlery and kitchen utensils from St. Luke's Charity Shop.

I specifically had the garden in mind when I created it, and I was drawn by the fernlike patterns in the tail. This was inspired by the work of Georgie Seccull. Like most of my work it is designed for the outdoors. To ensure outdoor quality I have been using stainless steel cutlery and stainless filler rod when welding.

A recurring comment in my mind when people have viewed my work has been that they like the shape. This work captures shape in the long extravagant tail.

(come back soon, as I will be updating more on this website)

Lyrebird RHS Rosemoor Garden Art Metal Art
Lyrebird, to be exhibited at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Transition Town Totnes Arts Trail Part 1


I'm back... with news of my latest work

I am unhappy about how our world is being treated, climate change, oil dependency, plastic pollution...and much more.

Fueled by this passion for nature I have joined Transistion Town Totnes Arts Trail 2018 starting 29th October - 18th November 2018.

The theme for this years arts trail is 'Clear Water' this is an open brief for one to think... what does 'Clear Water' mean to me? What does it mean to you? (maybe you want to comment on this blog!)

You will see the work next week in participating shops from the top of Totnes highstreet to the bottom.

Day 1
River Clean!
metal art, ed hill, river clean
collecting rubbish from my local river sadly
What did I find?

I wasn't sure how to look in this picture
Shockingly, I found a shopping trolly, rug, shopping basket, barbed wire, loads of plastic bags. To get rid of it I contacted South Hams District Council rubbish collection on Facebook and they will collect it free of charge. They were very helpful and supportive.