Public Art Sculptures Woven in Steel & Willow
Devon based sculptor Victoria Westaway has worked with a range of house builders and local councils to create pieces of work that enhance the environment and encourage place making and civic pride in community spaces. Her work with national charites including the Woodland Trust often takes inspiration from the diversity of the area or a piece of literature or folk lore. Victoria loves to work with local community groups and schools in the early stages of the design and model phase giving the local community a sense of ownership. Victoria works to commission so please get in touch if you have an idea you want to explore, please click the images below to open a slideshow.
Public Art Commission for Stonewater Developments. Victoria was commissioned by the Stonewater team to create a piece of willow sculpture for the new Stoney Meadows Development in North Mundham, West Sussex. The brief was to create a piece of Willow Sculpture which would reflect the land of the Sussex Downs. Willow and Wire Sculptor Victoria Westaway used the county flower of Sussex named the 'Pride of Sussex' a rampion of the clover family as the starting point for the sculpture, she created Giant Willow rampions for installation in the new development's green space. Victoria was delighted to work with the local primary school and deliver a willow workshop so the children could understand the new piece of art across the road from their playground.
'Sphere by the Thames' was a Public Art Commision for Thomas Homes, Oxfordshire. Willow and Wire Artist Victoria Westaway was commissioned to create a piece of site specific work a few metres from the Thames near Chosley Meadows. This abstract work reflects wildlife habitats and nests. Victoria also delivered a willow workshop as part of this project where the local community could weave spheres and plant live willow in the wild area of the meadows.
'The Commoration Wreath' a Public Art Commission for The Woodland Trust for the Month of Remembrance at Langley Vale Wood. Willow and Wire Artist Victoria Westaway created the willow commemoration wreath to collect reflections and stories from visitors to this new wood near Epsom, Surrey. The giant wreath is cradled on nine logs and has the Commemoration Exhortation pyrographed onto the logs. Wooden leaves with ribbon are located by the wreath allowing visitors to write down their thoughts and tie them onto the wreath, giving this piece of work an evolution over time.
'Running Man' Public Art Commission for Stoke Gifford Parish Council. Victoria Westaway Wire Artist was commissioned by the council to create a piece of work to celebrate the 1st anniversary of ParkRun. The brief was to create a larger than life figurative runner to give the park a focus for the many sports activities that are encouraged and celebrated in the area. The sculpture was created on an angle steel armature before being tightly woven with steel wire and then dip galvanised for a protective and robust finish; perfect for the conditions of this busy park near Bristol.