Constructed on a walnut frame the sculpture has paper panels with embossed images of Redditch made fishing hooks
The sculpture is suspended on fishing rod eyes left over from Keith’s moms casual work in the 1960’s.
Mean while Keith develops the waterway for the pond to power workshop over the bank holiday week end at Forge Mill Museum.
A pond pump will circulate water down the gutters providing a water flow for boats made in the workshop at Forge Mill. A second system is being designed for water wheels made by families in the workshop. If you’re in Redditch 29 and 30th May drop in between 10am and 4pm.
All our landscape research has been down stream of Forge Mill. On 5th May Keith walked upstream along Batchley Brook in a westerly direction from Forge Mill. The stream disappears immediately under a roundabout at the north end of the Alverchurch Highway and reappears at Windsor road
The brook runs alongside Windsor Road
It cuts a line of plants and trees through Enfield.
The other side of Windsor Road the aerospace factory.
At the end of Windsor Road the brook disappears under a roundabout and reappears at the back of Batchley Road
At the end of the back lane the brook disappears under a roundabout to appear at Batchley.
After much effort trying to get the image right, the first test stencil arrived for one of the needles to go on the pillars supporting the flyovers that cross the Millers Trail in The Arrow Valley Country Park. The images are temporary and will coincide with the exhibition at Forge Mill Museum. The stencils are in three parts to recreate the needle catalogue drawing style.
The Horizontal lines on the base layer
The Vertical lines over the horizontal lines and base layer.
The paint is chalk based and can be washed off. Three more designs are being developed.
After a walk following Batchley Brook from Forge Mill upstream to Batchley Keith returned via the town centre looking for needle mills. The walk forms research for the exhibition at Forge Mill museum in June. The research so far has followed downstream from Forge Mill into the Arrow Valley Park. This walk was the start of research upstream. Surprisingly some of the mills have survived the new town development and have only recently suffered demolition.