The Design Process
The roundabout sculpture aims to:
- Create a greater sense of identity for local people and celebrate the local heritage
- Create a permanent addition that will create interest in Harwich, encouraging people to visit the town
The locals claimed that “the spring (rising from Beacon Hill) is said to turn wood into iron.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harwich
Sketch 1 shows a rendition of the Mayflower ship in context at Harwich International Port Roundabout. It is intended that the sculpture gives a visual
narrative to the journey of the Mayflower as the viewer moves around the sculpture.
We like the straightforward idea of reinterpreting the wooden structure of the Mayflower into wrought metal (iron or steel), to create a structural skeleton that evokes a historical feel, but also has decorative elements (cast, wrought or forged) that brings the glamour and excitement of travelling by sea. We would like to have the sculpture of the Mayflower as structurally and proportionally accurate as possible.
As the sculpture is to be placed in a roundabout, height for us would be important, so that is visible from the water, and also from vantage points and high spots in the surrounding area. Working in 360˚, the base or plinth of the sculpture would reflect the local architecture in Harwich, and ‘embrace’ the Mayflower, which rises from the globe representing the world, and the lines that emerge from it symbolising the journeys the Mayflower has taken.
We have discussed the idea of a wind vane. The Mayflower would gently change direction, giving different vantage points; the compass points naturally lending themselves to nautical references, and this aspect could be integrated.
collaboration • participation • installations & sculptural commissions
We love this project because we live next to the sea, and we both sail. For Alistair, the Mayflower has been an interest in his life because of the places he has have lived and his involvement with the sea. Alistair has sailed across the Atlantic in a 36 ft yacht, from Connecticut back to the UK, and the Mayflower has much resonance for him. My sailing experience is much closer to home! In my youth, I have also sailed in Cork harbour and being on the water is something that comes naturally to both of us. For me, being Irish, sailing from home to foreign lands is quite poignant.