The first of our two topiary installations, the Neighbours, have been taken down from the Southbank Centre now. But don't fear (especially if you live in Stratford) if you can't get along to see the Sweepers before they go too because we are currently in discussions with the Olympic Park!
This year for the Green Man Festival, Pirate Technics built a seated green man, with climbable walkway up one leg, over his lap and back down the other side. Children who had participated in the charm workshop could then throw their carefully crafted flower charms into his wicker basket on his lap. His seat was also a space that could be climbed inside and wishes were written and tied to the walls.
Pirate Technics were commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society to create a windmill for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013. It is a 7m tall straw windmill with dried flower stripes, a seating area at the base and working sails.
It was situated near the Champagne Bar at the event, the weather was glorious all week and everything was a huge success!
Pirate Technics have completed another Visual Merchandising installation for John Lewis at the Cheadle store near Manchester. It is around 3 thousand individually wrapped fabric tubes sitting on 8 "islands" to create a sound-wave like effect.
Pirate Technics have installed not just one,but four new large scale sculptures for the Southbank Centre in London!
They are topiray effect figures designed in response to the theme of Neighbourhood, which is the title of the Southbank's summer festival of 2013.
Two sit atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall, next to Waterloo bridge and are inspired by the Blitz-Spritz which occurred after the London riots where local communities joined forces on the streets to clean-up the mess.
The old woman is the familiar figure of the neighbour keeping her doorstep clean and tidy, accompanied by a younger figure mimicking her actions.
‘If every man would sweep his own doorstep the city soon be clean’ [1666 G. Torriano Italian Proverbs 41]
The other two figures are positioned close to Waterloo station, at the rear of the Royal Festival Hall at the foot of Festival Terrace.
Here, neighbours casually chat over a fence. It is a common scene, representing the importance of being familiar with those that live in close proximity.
The Pirate Technics sculpture 'Under the Baobab' featured at the Southbank Centre near Waterloo Bridge will be dismantled next week, so if you haven't seen it and wish to, get along there soon before it disappears forever...