Project Description

The Quiverin

Corten (weathering) steel plate, stainless steel threaded bar, various nuts, recycled polypropylene office files.

2020

Overview

The Quiverin are now installed in the newly landscaped area to the rear of the cottage. An area that once housed chickens and compost heaps and generally left to go wild.

When devising how to shape and navigate the space, the inescapable format was that of a triangle. The first use of Corten/weathering steel at the cottage was to create deep border edges here. On the sloping ground, this required corrective vertical cutting to the ends of the Corten sections before setting them in place. Once the edging was in place the offcuts were saved as they were all interestingly, appropriately wedge-shaped. I decided to set about evolving a work or works from these, perhaps something that could be seen back in the same space.

The work photographed to date is the upshot of this, but still requires planting under and the ‘anthers’ adding, which will be saved for the time when Ever can open.

  • Metal sculpture that quivers installed in front of corrugated tin
  • Single head detail of one of the Quiverin

The Making Process

Taking the off-cut wedges as the starting point, several potential ‘heads’ were found pleasing and assembled. A filler wire suitable for dissimilar metals (Corten to stainless steel) was used to make ‘fat’ obvious welds joining the plates. The welds would not weather like the Corten and so remain a visible trace of the making process.

Working with 10mm threaded stainless steel bar, supportive ‘bodies’ were composed. Coupling nuts were cut and joined at an angle to form shoulder and neck joints. The threaded bar as a structural support had a degree of flex within it which was exaggerated with the weight of the heads. It was guestimated that with enough links however, a mass stability could be achieved without totally loosing all movement.

Working upwards from the heads, the form reference changed from human to plant-life with ‘stamens’ in 5mm threaded bar and mini nuts used as weld points and end caps.

Once installed in the ground and interconnected, the theory paid off and the balance between fixed points and top-heavy weighting produced a reverberating movement depending on wind strength.

With the grouping set, the overall forms were observed to also connect with arrow heads. The coinciding phrase ‘a quiver of arrows’ came to mind.

Tucked away in storage are an assortment of orange and red wedge shaped dangling additions, to be spaced apart along the stamens with nuts and washers. These have been cut to balance vertically and themselves ‘quiver’ in the lightest of breezes and will be applied for the open season, hopefully not too far off in the future.

  • wedge shaped pieces of corten steel
  • Quiverin metal sculpture heads being welded
  • A rough assemly of the supporting stems and joints
  • Steel 'stamens' after being welded
  • Orange wedge shaped additions being tested