The Hop Hornbeam artwork is installed
Close up photograph of the Snake Bark artwork.
An early sampling programme from the Snake Bark uncovered some fascinating finds by Clodagh Dooley. See below a slide show highlighting some of the wonderful images taken by Dooley.
From the outset of the project Hassett was drawn to the meaning behind the Hop Hornbeam’s Greek name Ostrua, which translates as “bone-like”, referring to its very hard wood.
Hassett decided to respond to the lumpy shape that snaked around the trunk; a direct result of the tree’s reaction to wind factors and it’s environment. For this artwork she created a corset-like protective covering for the protruding element on the trunk’s surface. Microscopic imagery of spiky thorn-like structures that were growing on the surface of the branches also informed the final artwork. See images below.
There were many stages in the creation of the artwork for the Hop Hornbeam. From the initial low impact mould of the protruding element to the final installation there were many stages in the creation of the artwork for the Hop Hornbeam. The mould was taken to the studio so design trials could be made. A paper pattern was then created, the fabrics cut out and sewn together in sections. Finally long lengths of heavy wire were inserted into the various sections to support the shape of the overall artwork. Blue sticky fabric was added to accentuate these shapes and be representative of the microscopic spiky elements uncovered by Clodagh Dooley during the sampling process. The slide show below includes some images of this lengths process.
The Hop Hornbeam artwork was installed in late September. Images below were taken soon after the piece was installed.
This second group of images was taken on a very windy but sunny day post storm Ophelia.