Under the Weather

Spent a blustery afternoon on Teignmouth Sea Front today putting up my entry into the annual TRAIL sculpture exhibition. Open to anyone TRAIL has one main rule- your sculpture has to be at least 70% from recycled materials and have some kind of environmental message. Unfortunately we did not receive any funding this year, to the usual grand opening, winners prizes, posters and postcards are absent, but there are still over 30 sculptures to be enjoyed on a free TRAIL from Shaldon Botanical Gardens to Dawlish via Teignmouth sea front.

Every year I make use of my scrap waste glass (a by product of my stained glass business) and this year was no exception, I pieced hundreds of pieces of waste glass (too small to do anything else with) together into rain drop shapes and fused them in my kiln. I have made around 140 in total and these were all strung from a frame made of old office shelving brackets my dad found for me with an old chicken wire cloud filled with empty paint pots and flower pots from a local decorator. I hope my piece symbolises how the weather is affected by our actions on the ground and how much waste we produce. The weather is always awful on the day I put my sculpture up and at least today it wasn’t raining………but gale force winds forecast for tomorrow, so fingers crossed it will still be there!

More of my raindrops will be hung over the river at Dawlish in the week and after the exhibition finishes all of the raindrops will be sold off individually for The Helen Foundation, a local charity working to encourage and enable young people to participate in the arts. Lets just hope the weather, seagulls and passers by are kind to it! I will also have lots of work on exhibition in the TRAIL Inside indoor exhibition at the TAAG Gallery, Teignmouth from August to September 2011

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5 Responses to “Under the Weather”


  1. 1 averilpam July 16, 2011 at 12.48

    It’s really good Amy, I hope it stands up to the gales!

  2. 2 vintageviolet July 16, 2011 at 12.48

    love it! look forward to seeing it on our summer holiday 🙂

  3. 3 amyorangejuice July 16, 2011 at 12.48

    Thank you oh and my youngest daughter is called Violet, good name!

  4. 4 MagpiesLaundry July 18, 2011 at 12.48

    wonderful! I’m hoping we’ll get down to see my parents in Devon this summer, so we’ll definitely have to pop along to Teignmouth to have a look – hopefully the wind and rain won’t have damaged it before then 🙂


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