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Kingpost Public Artwork

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August 2012, Burrows Lea Forge won a design competition for Public Art installation at Kingpost, Burpham, Surrey commissioned by Guildford Borough Council.

The site is confined and the Artwork had several jobs to do. It had to incorporate signage, a ‘nod’ to the heritage of the site, the usual public interaction criteria as well as having very low maintenance  requirements.

Burrows lea Forge rose to the challenge (as usual) and designed it tall and proud with a small footprint. One amendment to the design and the order is placed. We were very busy at the point of order and a long turnaround time had to given, with a promise and guarantee the work would be in place by the end of February 2013.

Extracts from my Design and Access Statement describe the work better than I can write here and now: “The proposed Kingpost & London Road parades Public Artwork takes the form of a Signpost, set into the centre of the existing, circular communal area. The Public Artwork is essentially a sign and a post; it has generic iconography on the upper portion of the post that is surmounted by a large two-sided insignia/logo/sign. It has integral signboards stating Kingpost Parade on one face and London Road Parade on the other.

Public Art at Kingpost

Public Art at Kingpost

The sign depicts a stylised ‘meld’ of a Crown (Kingpost) and a Cartwheel (London Road). The wheel sits/rolls on a ‘road’ obstructed by large pebbles (actually the steel ball nuts that hold the post and sign parts together). The design is visually balanced, giving neither the crown nor the wheel dominance; as with the two actual shopping parades. The framing effect of the wheel rim is truncated in the design to offer the signboards more space and get the message across.

For me this is a natural choice and application of imagery for this Public Artwork. I didn’t want to rely totally on the area’s history for a theme nor did I want to create abstract art that may stand against the environment. I consider this area of the Guildford district as a dynamic and changing scene, with plenty of scope for growth. There are many young families and small businesses in the area, so a simple, instantly recognisable form is respectful to them.”

I consider the site of the Artwork to be ‘walk by’ and ‘seen from a far’, so it has to be tall, over 4 metres in fact, if it were shorter it would just disappear into the shop signs and many road signs that ‘litter’ the proposed site. The post is quite large too, but it needs to be to resist flex caused by gusts of wind and/or revellers who decide to test their climbing skills.

The Artwork was installed on a substantial foundation, on time and on budget in February as promised.

Thanks to Guildford Borough Council for the commission, to S.R.Newman Ltd. for preparing the foundations/making good and to JPS Ltd for transport and lifting services.

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Gallery!

Forged and painted flower, Middle Street, Shere.

In these pages I hope to show you what we’ve been up to over the last twenty or so years.

The pictures in Gallery pages are mostly my own designs and if they are not, the designer is accredited. Where the designs are solely Burrows Lea Forge’s they will carry an Artist copyright and cannot be copied or used without my permission. The work itself is entirely ours, I don’t show pictures of other peoples work! With that said I hope you like what you see and don’t forget to give me a click or call if you want more information.

We’ve done a lot of work for a small company and worked very hard to keep solvent and good humored. I’ve worked with many Smiths, Designers and Architects since 1992 and where possible (and justified) I’ve accredited those involved. Somewhere in the Web process I might have missed someone or another, it won’t be deliberate, so don’t sue me or anything. If you are missing and feel you deserve some credit please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or call and bend my ear.

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Deepcut Village Sign

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Deepcut Village Sign 2002

The Deepcut village sign was commissioned in 2002 by Surrey Heath Borough Council. The design concept was inspired in conversation by the Deepcut Lock Keeper at that time, Peter Munt. The design jumped into my mind as soon as he mentioned that he was always sorry to have to cut back beautiful wild roses each year so that the Lock gates could be operated safely by the canal users.

The sign is unusual for us because it surmounts a tubular mild steel post, we normally prefer to use tapered Oak Posts that we specially commission from a local Saw Mill.

Hot forged from solid sections of Mild Steel, then Hot Zinc Sprayed to catholically protect the metal, you can see we have coloured this sign extensively. The paint was sealed with a lacquer like sealer so the finish was a uniformly weather resistant. We often colour village signs in this way.

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Forged roses for the Deepcut village sign 2002

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Woodbridge Park Sculpture.

Very big and very heavy!

‘Reeds & Seeds’ is a sculpture I designed and forged in Guildford for the Travis Group. Its approximately 1.8 tonne, 4 meters tall, 3 metres wide and 1.5 metres front to back. . Les Hammond and I installed it in 20 minutes with the aid of his very large crane!

The sculpture was expertly galvanised by Medway Galvanizers Ltd……. not an easy job, thanks Medgalv. Here’s is the link to the article on ‘Reeds & Seeds’ in their June 2012 newsletter http://www.medgalv.co.uk/medway-galvanising-helps-burrows-lea-forge-reinvigorate-an-area-of-surrey-wasteland-with-reeds-and-seeds/?dm_i=14K7,UI3X,63LHLY,2I8LS,1