Fred 2008 – Misfit

installation day- Sean driving the flat-pack sculpture up the valley on his quad bike

installation day- Sean driving the flat-pack sculpture up the valley on his quad bike

My piece for Fred 2008, called “Misfit”, combines the familiar with the exotic. The bottom half being a traditional rough garden shed and the top half taking the form of a gold pagoda, this piece continues the theme of identity & fitting in, that began with last years Fred commission. The Lake District has long been a place of refuge and sanctuary for people all over the world. The site – on the fells up Stickle Ghyll, Langdale, was chosen for its popularity,  making it  incongruous for those visitors seeking isolation. The pagoda and the garden shed, both architectural structures offering sanctuary and retreat – here  join forces to attract attention from the walkers, “Misfit” is unavoidable on the hill. The location also has its roots in previuos years Fred pieces: in 2005 one of my sculptural interventions nestled under the crag behind Misfit, and last year the sculptures were placed on and made from the materials on this fell.

Made off site to flat pack, the pieces were taken up the fell on the back of a quad bike & assembled quicker than Ikea!

Made with the kind help of Sean Taylforth and his quad bike, with the permission of The National Trust. Commissioned by Fred.