Gallery 2 Featuring Exhibitions, Events and Sculpture Case Studies
Derek Kinzett Wire Sculptures "The Inner Spirit Collection" 2007 - 2021
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"The Fairy Cart" Sculpture Installation Case Study, Somerset, England
" The Fairy Cart" Sculpture Installation Case Study, Somerset, England
"The Fairy Cart" sculpture was commissioned by John Wratten Charted Architects and was installed externally within a beautiful mews of 18th century cottages, situated in the heart of Somerset. This particular commission was a great example of client, artist collaboration. The client had owned the Antique street cart for many years and appreciated its beauty enough to to invested in its restoration and refurbishment.
The commission brief was to design and produce a figurative sculpture that complimented and merged with the cart and didn't dominate the overall visual impact of the installation. The client named the finish piece "Molly" and it was an absolute pleasure for me to bring their vision to life.
"The Last Unicorn" part of the "Dragons, Fairy's & Unicorns" exhibition
The National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England.
When The National Trust invited me to curate a solo exhibition of my work in the grounds of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, I felt both excited and inspired to be exhibiting in such an historical and ambient location.
The exhibition was titled, "Dragons, Fairy's & Unicorns" and it featured thirteen life size figurative wire sculptures, and to date has been one of my most successful solo exhibitions, with visitor numbers exceeding 15,000 people over a 3 weeks period.
" The Last Unicorn" who became known as "Gandalf" was featured within the Lacock exhibition, and took up residence within the Abbey's famous cloisters from February - March, turning heads of children and adults alike, as they stood and took a double take of the life size Unicorn standing fast in the rain with his wire mane and tail gently swaying in the February Breeze.
"The Fairy's Wish" Sculpture Installation, Case Study, Oxford, England
"The Fairy's Wish" Wire Sculpture Commission and Installation Oxford, England
This was without doubt, one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding commissions I've worked on for many years.
I was contacted by the commissioning client, requesting a site visit to Oxford to discuss a sculpture design idea he had in mind, which he wanted to mount on what he described as
a "Tree Trunk".
When I visited the site a few weeks later, it became clear that what the client had described as a "Tree Trunk" was in fact a 40 foot Oak tree.
The Clients had visualized a life size Fairy floating overhead amongst the tree canopies, rotating in the breeze whilst drifting through the woodland .
"Welcome to the world of client creativity, It's an amazing place"
So the vision for "The Fairy's Wish" was born and after consulting a number of engineering experts on how to rotate an 8 kg figurative wire sculpture attached to a 3 metre dandelion 360 degrees in a light breeze, work commenced on her construction.
The sculpture took two months to create and the finished piece was installed in May 2018.
We finished the installation about 7.30 in the evening and I have to say, one of the most rewarding moments in the journey at that point was, walking away to leave, turning back to take one last look and seeing the sculpture gently rotate in the evening breeze.
BBC's Harry Gration unveils "The Spirit of The Nurseryman" Sculpture
BBC Look North’s Harry Gration helped unveil a sculpture commemorating horticulturalist John Richardson’s more than 60 years’ service to the industry.
The wire sculpture, named "The Spirit of the Nurseryman", was created by wire sculptor Derek Kinzett, and is sited inside the entrance to the business’s main building.
First established in 1921, Johnsons of Whixley was purchased by Richardson in 1964 and the business is today recognised as one Europe’s largest commercial nurseries. His three sons, Graham, Andrew and Iain, serve as joint managing directors, while several grandchildren also have roles within the business.
Starting with eight full-time staff and an annual turnover of £33,500, Johnsons of Whixley now employs 100 members of full-time staff, rising to 150 seasonally, and in the most recent financial period delivered a turnover of just under £12m.
Following numerous stages of expansion, production now covers 90 hectares across five sites, including the annual production of around two million container plants and fast approaching six million native hedging plants.
Richardson remains chairman and still takes an active daily role in governance, strategy, quality and environmental systems, and health and safety.
Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and after last year receiving a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to Rural Excellence in Yorkshire, the receipt of a Sculpture in his honour came as a major surprise.
He said: “I vaguely remember something being said at the time of my 80th birthday, along the lines of something special arriving in due course, but I had no idea beyond that. It’s a tremendous honour.
John Richardson & Harry Gration
"Spirit of McLaren" The International Motor Show, Switzerland
" Spirit of McLaren" Life Size Wire Sculpture Commission and Installation McLaren automotive, The International Motor Show Geneva, Switzerland.
The "Spirit of McLaren" wire sculpture was commissioned by McLaren automotive as part of the McLaren 720S car launch, unveiled at the International Motor show Geneva Switzerland.
The clients sculpture brief was to create a muscular, athletic figurative sculpture in a sprinting stance, projecting speed, agility and power.
An extensive study of the world's fastest man "Usain Bolt" was carried out to achieve the look and feel of the final piece.
The finished sculpture was displayed within the McLaren hospitality suite at The Geneva International Motor Show and it was an absolute pleasure to create.
The unveiling of the "Harold Peto" sculpture, Iford Manor, England
The unveiling of the "Harold Peto" Wire Sculpture
Iford Manor, Bath, England.
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment in the process of making this sculpture, from my initial meeting with the Cartwright-Hignett family, collectively visualizing the design and finally being awarded the sculpture commission.
The sculptures design was based on a photograph from 1904 showing Harold Peto reading a newspaper, whilst sat on the historic curved stone seat of Iford Manor’s great terrace.
I felt honored to have been entrusted with the task of bringing Mr Peto’s spirit back to Iford, although I suspect he’s always been there.
Harold A Peto began his career by training as an architect and went into partnership with Ernest George in 1871. Among their architectural assistants were Guy Dauber, Herbert Baker and Edwin Lutyens. The partnership continued until it was dissolved in 1892, when Harold became increasingly interested in garden design and undertook a number of commissions such as the gardens at Buscot Park, Ilnacullin Island in Eire and several villas in the south of France.
During the 1880s and 1890s his diaries reveal periods of active travel with frequent visits to Italy and in 1899 when he visited Iford Manor with his lifelong friend, the garden designer and author, Avray Tipping, he knew at once that it fulfilled his dream.
Iford itself made an appropriate setting for the collection of Italian, French and Spanish architectural items Peto had collected in his travels. Though never with any large funds at his disposal, he always had a discerning eye for quality and a flair for putting the right piece in the right place. The main body of his garden design work took place during the Edwardian period, so that simultaneously with the development of Iford came the designs for many other prestigious gardens.
Harold Peto never appears to have entered openly into the controversy that raged between the formal and landscape gardeners and although his clear preference is for structure, it is seen how he used Gertrude Jekyll's and William Robinson's knowledge of plants when clothing his structures. It is also significant that both these writers spoke well of Peto's designs.
Working at a time when there was much interest in Italy and its gardens, he was not alone in bringing aspects of that garden culture to England, but he was perhaps its best exponent.
The Peto Garden at Iford Manor is a testament to his success and, in the words of Tipping: "If the relative spheres and successful inter-marriage of formal and natural gardening are better understood today than ever before, that desirable result is due to the efforts of no one man more than to Mr Peto".
Solo Exhibition "Dragons, Fairy's & Unicorns" Lacock Abbey, England.
Solo Exhibition "Dragons, Fairy's & Unicorns" Lacock Abbey,Wiltshire, England.
When The National Trust invited me to curate a solo exhibition of my work in the grounds of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, I was excited & inspired to exhibit in such an historical and ambient location.
The exhibition was titled, "Dragons, Fairy's & Unicorns" it featured thirteen life size figurative wire sculptures, and to date has been one of my most successful solo exhibitions, with visitor numbers exceeding 15,000 people.
If you've never visited Lacock, I would strongly recommend it, as it is one of the most historical and untouched villages in England under the stewardship of the National Trust.
Although the Abbey has monastic roots, it was also once the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of photography, and has also been the location for a number of films such as "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets","Robin Hood of Sherwood", Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box", the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice" and the BBC's historical TV serial "Wolf Hall".
I thoroughly enjoyed my month at Lacock, I met some really interesting people during the exhibition, and I would especially like to thank all the amazing staff at Lacock for lending their enthusiasm and support to the exhibition. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
Solo Exhibition "Grange Park Opera" Northington, Hampshire, England.
Solo Exhibition "Grange Park Opera" Northington, Hampshire, England.
When I was invited to exhibit my work at The Grange, during it's two month Opera festival, I welcomed the opportunity with inspired and creative arms.
The exhibition featured five sculptures taken from "The Inner Spirit Collection","The Moment","Crystal", "Free Spirit","The Walk Of Faith" and "Mother Sprite".
The whole event was a wonderful experience, and each sculpture completely came to life within the gardens and terraces of this magical place.
I would like to thank Wasfi Kani OBE, for her kind invitation to exhibit my work at this prestigious event, Piers Tilbury for his graphic design brilliance and production of the exhibition brochures and Mark Stokes for his amazing (On location) natural light photography.
Since its inception in 1998, Grange Park Opera has performed to some 300,000 people with more than 50 productions and 450 performances. In 18 festivals, it has become a treasured feature of the international operatic landscape.
Grange Park Opera moved to West Horsley Place after the 2016 season, ready to occupy a new purpose built theatre that provides a permanent home for the company.
West Horsley Place is a 300-acre estate with a glorious sprawling 15th century house surrounded by formal gardens with secret corners, aged trees, box hedges and a majestic crinkle crankle wall. Behind the house, an ancient orchard opens into a glade: the setting for the new Theatre in the Woods.
A 99-year lease at West Horsley Place means a permanent home for the charity. The creation of a four-tier opera house modelled on La Scala, Milan, is probably the most thrilling thing happening in UK opera today.
The "Afterlife" Wire Sculptures "Loveland" Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The "Afterlife" Wire Sculptures "Loveland" Amsterdam
The "Afterlife" wire sculptures were commissioned by Berlin based record company "KARMAT MUSIC" to accompany contemporary music soundscape duo "The Tale of Us" on their international tour.
The Sculpture designs were taken from the Afterlife tour logo & branding images.
"The Tale of Us" tour took them to audiences in Ibiza, Greece, Italy, Washington DC, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Paris, Germany, Marseille, Amsterdam, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Barcelona, Portugal, and Morocco.
There was a different type of science used in the construction of the After Life sculptures, as we had to take into consideration the correct weight distribution of each piece whilst suspended over the heads of the Tale of Us audience.
Sculpture Design Collaboration, Phillip Gunawan Encode - Talent London
Commissioning Client: KARMAT MUSIC Berlin, Germany
"The Running Man" Life size wire sculpture, dedicated to Jamie McDonald
"The Running Man" Life Size wire sculpture dedicated to Mr Jamie McDonald
I first came across Jamie's efforts to raise funds for sick children's hospitals in the UK, in January 2014.
I was totally moved by this guys relentless drive and passion to achieve his goal. "This guy has totally embraces his "Inner Spirit"
If you get a chance, check out his website which is listed at the bottom of this page.
Jamie McDonald, against all odds, has become something of an adventurer. In 2012, he cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, passing through dozens of countries.
Along the way he was shot at, arrested and slept rough. Just two days after he finished the journey back from Bangkok; he made the decision to attempt the world static cycling record, which stood at 224 hours and 24 minutes. It was a challenge he’d conceived whilst cycling from Bangkok.
He finally stepped off the exercise bike set up within a marquee in Gloucester after pedaling for a world record breaking 265 hours – more than eleven days! Throughout both challenges, Jamie raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Pied Piper appeal.
As a child, Jamie was in and out of Gloucester Royal hospital for nine years with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia, as well as a very weak immune system, and the Pied Piper’s help was invaluable, he also spent a great deal of time at Great Ormond Street.
On March 9th 2013, Jamie began his attempt to run Canada coast to coast, more than 5,000 miles unassisted, jointly raising money in aid of UK charities Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal and children’s hospitals throughout Canada. He become the first person in history to run it alone, facing snow storms, -40°C temperatures and grizzly bears, all whilst pushing his belongings in a baby stroller nicknamed Caesar.
He updated his Twitter and Facebook profiles throughout, as well as recording videos he uploaded as he did throughout his cycle home from Bangkok.
He raised £60,000 for his two UK-based charities and $40,000 for children’s hospitals in Canada.
With their £30,000 share, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity was be able to fund a member of the play hospital team for an entire year.
Jamie began his run at St John’s, Labrador and completed his journey in Vancouver, through mountain ranges, national parks and dangerous terrain.
To view Jamie’s final moments of his Canada coast to coast 5000 mile run, , in which Jamie single handedly raised £150,000. visit Jamie’s website listed below: which also include twelve videos chronicling the journey back from Bangkok to Gloucestershire and the amazing Canada challenge in full.