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  • What is there not to like about Stuart Haygarths work?

    With a project portfolio that reads like a dream.......The Design Museum, Vogue Nippon, Habitat, Selfridges, Sculpt the Future.......Haygarth is clearly appreciated in his home country, the UK.  Giving recycling the bling treatment, his artworks and designs are eerily beautiful.

    Haygarth’s work comprises a series of design projects using collections of found waste objects. The objects are collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. His work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects, but it is the chandeliers that are to die for.

    His longest ongoing project, is based on collections of tidal debris from the coast of South East England, namely the area of Dungeness in Kent. (More of Dungeness next week...from a  visit nearly 20 years ago, to the home of another very inspiring artist/gardener/filmmaker, Derrick Jarman, who lived in a little shack in Dungeness in the 1990’s.)


    Haygarth collects and sorts the manmade debris into categories, from which to make a new artwork. ‘Tide’ as seen in images 1 & 2, was created in 2004, and is part of a larger body of work using clear and translucent objects, mainly plastics, found in the tidal wash. The sphere of the chandelier “is an analogy for the moon which effects the tides, which in turn wash up the debris.”

    Other pieces, like ‘Optical’ are created from mass repeats of used objects. In this case, 4500 prescription spectacle glasses.  ‘Light is refracted through the many layers of glass lenses. A magical explosion of light is created.’  Just divine.

    Check out his website for more info on products and projects.

    Thank you to The Jealous Curator for pointing me in Stuarts direction.


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