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Canterbury, Sculptural Fishing Platforms, 2011

We were commissioned by Canterbury City Council, in association with Berkley Homes, to enhance the experience of using a previously neglected riverside walk on the banks of the River Stour, alongside a new housing development. The council's initial plan was to build simple fishing platforms and commission art to be placed on them. Angus's idea was that the platforms themselves became art works which would actively engage the public and enable them to spend time close to the river.

Angus was inspired by the meanderings of the river with its ripples,?ows and eddies, to generate the concept of sculptural seating which reflected these ripples, flows and eddies in a series of differently shaped decks. Long thick planks of solid Scottish oak were steam-bent and shaped to create a series of dynamic places to sit, and possibly fish, alongside the river. The stainless steel fixings can be used to support a large fishing umbrella. Angus was involved in the crucial siting of each platform and the river should be maintained to give the impression of the decks floating over the water (as far as river levels will allow)!

Quotes by Isaak Walton, a local fisherman and taken from his The Complete Angler (first published in 1653) were inscribed into the steps risers.

 

"As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler"
Isaak Walton 1653

"Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration"
Isaak Walton 1653