Saturday, 20 June 2009

Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda - Project Completed

Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June were three long days of work installing at the almost completed Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda (Rhondda Valley Hospital) at Llwynypia. This project has spanned nearly 2 years as my colleague, Ian Randall, and I were selected to undertake the commission in 2007. As often happens with developments of this scale, the new build project was delayed. Happily though, the work is now completed and I feel sits well within the internal courtyard. The courtyard is in the Primary Care Centre within the hospital.

Hamish and Ian lowering one of the steel kernels into place.

Massive steel kernels nestle precariously amongst the huge slate monoliths. They scatter across the courtyard gradually opening to reveal their internal fruits.

The internal stone spheres spill out, representing stages of germination and growth.

Some nice reflections in the windows.

Munchity crunchity go the little caterpillars.
While we were busy installing the sculpture hundreds of little caterpillars were busily eating the newly planted birch trees...

... leaving not a leaf in sight!!


  1. Very nice, but aren't they worried about someone sticking one under the arm and jaunting off with it, hahahaa (those must be heavy).

    ps - you might have an idea about this... If I were to have couch legs cast in bronze at a foundry (thin waxes from the inside of a mold), what would be a probable 'safe' thickness for the bronze in order to prevent collapse?

  2. Hello!
    No worries about them being stolen... they are very heavy and well and truely pined and glued... it's an illusion of precarious balance!!

    Re- bronze casting. Normally your waxes would need to be around about 3mm thick,(the thickness of the wax eaquls the thickness of the bronze). However, this depends on the size of the cast you're wanting to make, and whether it is structural or not. It's usually best to consult the foundry, they will be able to advise you. If your budget will stretch the foundry would make moulds and waxes for you from your original piece. If the pieces are not to intricate, without undercuts, the foundry may suggest sand casting them. in which case you won't need to make waxes. Hope this helps!