Found Object Sculptures

The real delight is the sudden seeing of what is there

When working with found objects the real delight for me is that first sudden seeing. A feeling or character or emotion, completely unexpected, is suddenly revealed. A real ‘AHA’ moment. There’s no thinking in it. Sometimes it can take years for me to see what is under my nose.. Then I like to use as light a touch as possible, and so keep any intention or idea of mine well away from the final piece.

People see things differently, and mine is not the only way. I’ve learned that titles can be useful to indicate what I have seen but they are in no way intended to be restrictive.

Niche Paradou collection

This beautiful dicovery was made when I stayed in a lovely old mas in the Bouche du Rhone. The wall leading up to the house had empty niches carved in it and I filled them over the years with a variety of sculptures created out of most random objects. Every niche had now a story to tell.

Niches Paradou

For many years would spend a few weeks staying in a lovely old mas in the Bouche du Rhone. Set into the wall leading up to the house were several empty niches just longing to be filled. Each year I would use whatever materials I could find to create a variety of sculptures for these niches to make a nice welcome.


Maquettes are a sculptural way of exploring and trying out ideas, rather like a sketchbook. Sometimes a maquette will carry with it the distant vision of vast sculptures erected in important places. It’s not going to happen of course, but it does allow one to explore the possibilities of such works and allow the imagination to roam. Go with the imagination, however impractical some aspect of your character might want to call it. Let it flow unhindered. You never know where it might lead. The path to inspiration can visit the most unexpected of places.

For me a maquette is not something to be copied and scaled up for a finished work. For a start changes in scale demand even subtle changes in the internal proportion and relationship of form. From my point of view, for a piece to be able to stay alive, the creative process will carry through right to the final touch.

Even a few minutes following your ideas and making marks freely in a sketchbook, or building a maquette, can give you the seeds of much fruitful creative work in the days, weeks, months to come.