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All Is Safely Gathered

This exhibit was to be staged on a plinth 60cm square with an unrestricted height allowance. The competition was part of an annual Agricultural Show with an emphasis on Year of the Farmer. So my design needed to reflect some of the agricultural products that require “gathering”.

Gathered 1

I should admit, here, that I am always on the look out for useful and unusual mechanics for my designs. Twice a year our local council collects any large unwanted household items and this is a treasure trove for me! The central support for this design is the agitator from a clothes washing machine – a great light plastic item with perfectly shaped spirals that can hold floral foam and still be a guide for the spiral shape. I drove past it for a few days before deciding it was mine….

Three pieces of floral foam have been encased in a long chicken wire tube which is then placed in the spiral created by the agitator. Some of the chicken wire shows through in the design but it does not look out of place given the actual chicken and eggs in the finished exhibit.

Each side view has a section of fresh floral material in the foam working its way up the spiral to the top. Incorporated as dried material are some of the crops (wheat, corn, maize, hay) that would be “gathered” as well as vegetables. My chicken is scratching in the millet at the base of the design and its presence is complemented by the eggs  in the straw nest at the top.

This exhibit placed Second (no First place was awarded). It needs more material, both fresh and dried, to define the central spiral.

Gathered 2 Gathered 3

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