Haigh has donated redundant component parts to the students at Hereford College of Arts.
The parts have become part of their permanent resource so that students can use them in numerous ways and across a wide range of courses. Students can assemble, reassemble them, recreate as a CAD/technical drawings, utilise in sculpture or take inspiration from and recreate in different materials.
The parts, which began life as metal offcuts or machine parts, have been enthusiastically received by students who have been fascinated with their different shapes, materials and finish. Over the last year a large amount of work sketches, renders, prints, machined components and artefacts in wood, acrylic, sheet metal and printed in 3D has been generated to hone their design and making skills. The parts are also being used as part of a larger project called ‘Momentum’ run by the college.
For Haigh it’s a great way of breathing new life into the parts and encouraging young people in a more engaging way.
It’s not the first time Haigh has supported local artists. Visitors to our office may have noticed a sculpture in reception which was created by world renowned contemporary Polish artist Walenty Pytel.
As a fledgling artist, we provided Walenty with materials who began experimenting and transforming these components into sculptures. He presented us with one of his creations in 1972 – the same year our current office building was constructed.
His work can be seen throughout Herefordshire including The Diamond Jubilee sculpture in Great Malvern as well as several in Ross-on-Wye including Swans in Flight, Salmon of the Wye and Mallards in Flight. His creation The Fossor at the headquarters of JCB was Europe’s largest (in 1979) metalwork sculpture. Other significant pieces include Take Off at Birmingham Airport and The Jubilee Fountain in Westminster.