The Henley Festival 2016
Three Sculptures for The Festival Lawns
6 July 2016 - 10 July 2016
Henley Festival is a five day mixed arts festival over the course of which roughly 30,000 people attend for a very unusual mix of performance, the visual arts and fine dining on the site used annually by the Henley Royal Regatta.
Being directly by the River Thames, in a very beautiful part of the Thames Valley, it is quite a spectacle each year.
The visual arts programme is an essential element of a festival that has now been running for over 30 years, and has a solid tradition of showcasing work whether 2d or 3d from Festival galleries and sculpture lawns.
In 2016 the performing artists will be Elvis Costello, Elton John and Will Young amongst many others.
Pierre will be exhibiting the three works, by invitation, on the Henley Festival Lawns.
A Public Art Commission in Bronze and Steel — Flight of the Langoustine
Awarded an inaugural place on the The Hove Plinth
The Hove Plinth, King's Esplanade, South East Coast, England
2015 / 2016 start — work in progress:
Pierre's bronze and steel sculpture “Flight of the Langoustine” has recently been awarded a place on The Hove Plinth as part of its inaugural commissioning programme.
Inspired by the Trafalgar Square Plinth, there will be a continuous display of important artworks, every year going forwards, creating a portfolio of works with the aim to make Brighton & Hove "The City of Sculpture".
The first three sculptures, for the first three years, have now been commissioned by the Hove Civic Society. “Flight of the Langoustine” being one of them.
The idea behind Flight of the Langoustine
“Flight of the Langoustine” was the first in the series of sculptures made on Brighton beach after a bit of beach-combing. A storm had deposited a mangled lobster pot yards from my first studio under the arches. In my imagination, this washed-up object had been a means of escape for the lobsters and this translated itself into a human story of exodus and release – a dash for freedom."
My work and its resonance in this sculpture
"In this sculpture as in much of my work, a liberating energy is combined with a profound sense of unrest. These androgynous and anonymous figures are flying in defiance or fleeing, challenged by their environment.
They balance improbably on geometric planes, perched or floating freely on forms forged to suit an allegorical purpose. Behind it all is a discomfiting sense of precariousness, contained by a carefully calculated composition."
Hove Civic Society, who have a Project Team dedicated to this enterprise, are actively garnering the support of developers and major corporate organisations in the city. They already have partner agreements with the Royal Pavilion and Museum and Brighton and Hove City Council.
Their patrons are Sir Timothy Sainsbury and sculptor Philip Jackson, CVO DL FRBS. The project is supported by the Arts Council England and Lottery funding. Planning permissions have been granted for the Plinth and the first three winning sculptures.
At the close of 2015, the Project received significant funding from the Headley Trust and The Argus Star Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture.