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“Flying the Flag” in Reading

Flying the Flag, stainless steel public art piece

Flying the Flag – 5m Worton Grange, Reading

Last year I was commissioned by Kier Properties to make a landmark sculpture at Worton Grange to compliment my Reading Gateway sculpture already situated across the road on the busy M4 J11 entry to Reading, Berkshire.

Reading Gateway – 2000

In 2000, I designed and made the sculpture “Reading Gateway” for Reading International Business Park. Designed as a landmark statement to enhance one of the main entry points into Reading, this takes the form of a dynamic figure stepping forward into a bright future.

 

 

With that original design in mind; I looked at the new sculpture as being on one of the main exit points for Reading. I therefore wanted to focus on Reading’s output.

Sketch for Flying the Flag

Over the years this has taken the form of Cloth, Iron, Brewing, Biscuits and more recently technology, services, education, food, music to name but a few. Here the gateway has metamorphosed into a banner heralding Reading’s success.

“Flying the Flag” was installed at Worton Grange ,Reading in October 2018 with the help of a very big crane.  So nice to see it in place, the culmination of several months work and almost as long in the planning.

 

 

McCloy Group commission three sculptures for their offices in Australia

This year I shipped three sculptures out to Australia.  The life sized sculptures have been commissioned by the McCloy Group to be sited outside their new office buildings in Newcastle, New South Wales.  The first, a cyclist based on Mark Cavendish, the second a female long jumper and the third a sprinter exploding out of the start blocks.  They are due to be installed in early 2018.