Gusita and Myrtle are 2 giant green Turtles commissioned by London and Whipsnade Zoo in summer 2018. They were part of an interactive show for children that engaged them with the issue of single use plastic pollution. They are made from a steel frame and then clad with around 200 crafted used tyres from cars, motorbikes and bicycles. We then painted them with recycled paints from a paint reusing scheme to give them a realistic look. The Turtles are 4 meters long, 4.5 meters wide and 2.6 high
Corby Mardi Gras
Commissioned by Art Reach to create a permanent installation in Corby woods as part of their 2018 Mardi Gras celebrations.
The theme was enchanted forest. Working with the local Woods volunteer group to design a 3 x 3 meter Arch way that was to be installed near their cabins in the woods.
The piece was constructed in steel to form oversized plants and trees with faces.
The intertwining canopy depicted woodland creatures common to the area .
It was part of a seating area used by visitors.
4 meter in length, by 2 meters wide by 1.5 meters high.
These beasts blink and look around as real eyes do using wheel chair motors, electronic sensors and specially crafted levers.
They were a labour of love and have been to Glastonbury festival in 2013 and 14 and are currently available to hire.
Design, aesthetics and all steel work: Felicity Jones
Mechanical engineering and Co Design: Luke Moss
Resin Eyeballs: Annie Chapman
Electronics and control systems: Mark Pitchless and David Wilman
The Golden Grove is a 5 x 4 meter abstract autumnal wall mounted tree. It was commissioned by the Wetherspoon pub chain in autumn 2018 as they have begun to involve local artists to personalize their outdoor spaces. I used mild steel, Corten and Copper to achieve the desired ‘golden’ effect.
FIERY ARCH OF PASSION
4 meters wide x 3 meters tall.
This mechanical flower arch installation was commissioned by Walk the plank for their Fire Gardens tour. The flowers rotate, open and close and shoot fire using pneumatics and stepper motors. It was a pleasure to create and even better to see the piece in a range of public spaces making people happy!
Felicity Jones: Designer, Blacksmithing, fabrication.
Simon Carroll: Mechanical Engineering
David Wilman: Electronics and control systems
THE MECHANICAL HEART
3 meters tall x 1.6 meters wide.
The pulsing anatomical heart uses light and sound to represent the heartbeat of the land. Made from steel, heated plastic, beetle parts and scrap.
Commissioned by Walk the Plank and Arts council England for Kendal Calling festival.
Plastic element, sound and lighting by Justin Beardsell, www.meno.tv
1 meter x 1meter x 1.8 meters
This piece was made for Metalove Sympozium, Mlada Boleslav Tourist Board Czech Republic 2013. I was invited along with 4 other (male) smiths from France, Holland, Germany and Czech to represent the UK (as they thought it was unusual we had a lot of women smiths!) to create a sculpture. My piece represented new growth from within and is on display in the grounds of a hospital in Mlada Boleslav.