Water and movement

I have spent a great deal of my time, becoming a fan of Angela Connor, who in 1999 designed the water sculpture in Chatsworth gardens, called Revelation.

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Revelation -1999- Chatsworth. Water from the fountain head runs down into the petals forcing the petals to open from the pressure.  The water fills the platform raising and lowering the petals as the pressure changes.

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Threshold – 2008 – Darlington Arts Centre . Water tumbles down the steps from the arched sculptures as they tip in the wind.

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Poise – Chattanooga Park USA.  Resin and steel, parts move with the wind.

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Angela Connors website has a gallery of the most gracefully moving sculptures that interact with the wind, water, environment they are in. I enjoyed finding her work through my research into water movement. This interactive play with environmental forces at this scale in work is exciting, and strangely sad… I felt sad that I hadn’t done this for my career path for 20 years… so maybe its utter envy. 🙂 What a lovely way to spend your life, designing in this way, using fluid mechanics to design the movement of grace.

All photos are taken from Angela Connors website- Angelaconnor.com.

This artist was considered as I tried to answer my own design queries, what was I trying to achieve. In the flow of water dripping into one vessel and then into another, to then splash… offering waiting and then presence, I also wanted to represeIMG_1261.jpgnt this in a graceful form.

I also wanted the design to be self contained, so that the bottom vessel which caught the splash would be able to move upwards and the empty vessel that had dripped through the  piece could move to the bottom. Revolving in a piece that did not lose water, but retained it to flow through again. A valve on the drip hole that opened when the vessel was in the upright position and opened when the vessel touched a surface was needed.

Back to the valve research …

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