‘Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today’ – Old Cherokee proverb.
Twitter is a fascinating resource, an eclectic mix of the wondrous, informative, witty and bizarre, it provides a window into so many different peoples worlds and experiences. Sometimes things appear in my timeline that particularly strike a chord, the quote above...read more
After much hammering, bending and welding the 33 individual lily heads for the City Square Lanterns are now complete. Heading off to the powdercoaters in the next few days I'll be installing them on site early...read more
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety – Francis Bacon
Making work to commission each new project poses different challenges, one week you are a dry stone waller the next a metalworker. Responding to the required changes of approach and mind set I have always found rewarding, variety being the spice of life it means you...read more
Somethings just take time.
When designing a project the end goal is always in your mind's eye; how the scheme will work within it's surroundings and ultimately be viewed and used by 'it's' public. Uppermost in my thinking for walling projects is a desire that the walls should work in harmony...read more
But why ‘cloud’ ?
icloud, cloud computing, cloud storage, soundcloud, 'The Cloud' - these terms abound at the moment defining some element or service associated with the internet, but why 'cloud'? Why choose a word for 'a condensed mass of water vapour within our atmosphere' as a...read more
Equivalent VIII by Carl Andre – Ruminations upon.
Considerable concentration is required whilst constructing a stone wall but occasionally the mind drifts, the infamous 'pile of bricks' correctly titled 'Equivalent VIII' by Carl Andre was a subject that diverted mine on occasions last week. As part of the works for...read more
Horatio’s Garden – progress
Back down to complete the walling works for Horatio's Garden at Salisbury Spinal unit. Designed by Cleve West the garden is nearing completion - when I was last here a few months ago there was mud everywhere, Martin and his team have been hard at work and with the...read more
Recharge Mural – Tranent
Had a great session with the kids at Recharge, Tranent today. As part of helping develop a new community park in the town, I am undertaking a series of community engagement workshops to promote the project and initiate discussion as to ideas to include in the design....read more
Planting continues apace
Despite the Scottish 'monsoon' summer - the team from Glasgow based Endrick Landscapes have been feverishly continuing with planting on site. With nearly 100 semi-mature trees and thousands of shrubs having been planted over the last few weeks, what had been a muddy...read more
What a difference 2 weeks make!
The annual holiday has come and gone, far too quickly, and I am now back on site in rural Perthshire. Landscaping has been underway in my absence and I have returned to see the walls beautifully set off by the freshly laid lawn. It's crispness of line and contrast of...read more
Cities should be build for the comfort of inhabitants and the surprise of strangers.
– Paraphrased by Peter Wilson – close enough?