By Philip Walker
Due April 2021
Artist Philip Walker has designed a ‘portal’ like frame to be constructed in curved English oak beam sections and joined using traditional framing techniques. The structure will serve to frame the incredible view across the landscape as it is approached, drawing the eye through it as it tapers from the outside inwards. It will also provide seating as a curved and intimate bench. The inner face will be chip carved using a small gouge to offer a tactile texture. The side faces and/or the outer face provide an opportunity for inspiring quotes or lettering to be added. The site is vast and open and so a piece of this stature will have great presence whilst also sitting sympathetically within the environment.
This artwork is proposed for the Titsey Estate. It would sit adjacent to the North Downs Way opposite Clarks Lane Farm, Tatsfield, TN16 2JT.
This project is co-financed by the European Union.
Born in Oxford, England in 1987, Philip is a wood sculptor using a variety of timber species. Philip designs and makes seating and feature sculptures with form, flow and texture a priority. English Oak is a favourite for outdoor work as it’s durability and presence in the landscape is almost unrivalled.
Philip employs a variety of tools and methods to achieve his work, from chainsaw to gouge and mallet. The texture and contrast arrived at through scorching is a large element of his work, adding atmosphere and soul.
Nature and the materials it provides have long been an interest. With many days climbing rock and many nights sleeping in the forest, often wondering about the form and feel of the materials around us.