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Public comments from the media….

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Some of the commentary by members of the public seems worth preserving here for posterity. Frankly, due to the way this was reported I am surprised that so many were supportive. Probably there are equally as many who are not, and as many again who are just insulting, rude or humorous.

Here is my favourite tweet on the matter:

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Here are a selection of comments from the Mail online :

it’s obviously the same basic design, and he doesn’t (seem) to want paying, just recognition – what’s the problem? – Jon Cooper, Cornwall, 15/11/2012 9:33

Locog say it was based on Glastonbury Tor? It looks nothing like Glastonbury Tor !! It does however, look remarkably like Mr Sendalls artwork, funny that, could it be they’re trying to pull a fast one? – logical15, Lancing, 15/11/2012 9:27

Hang on a minute… I’ve got grass in my back garden too!! I’m suing!!!! – Cynic_Al, The Milky Way, 15/11/2012 9:17

It’s almost a premonition as his whole painting looks like the initial sketches for the opening ceremony…. – Everbeenhad, Toytown, United Kingdom, 15/11/2012 9:45

Yep, sue them, they were very aggressive in threatening even little old ladies who dared put five rings of icing on a cup cake without a licence. Hope you win and salt them of a couple of hundred thousand. – Internetcynic, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 15/11/2012 13:56

Why sue…..why can’t you just be flattered by it…..It really is so sad that people in this Country look for any reason to make some money out anything they can – KT1304, Portsmouth, 15/11/2012 9:02

I dunno, it could be a coincidence, but it’s a very close one if it is. Besides, if they’d really been inspired by Glastonbury Tor, would they have referenced the shape of her, not the spiral? – Prinn, Hill Valley, 15/11/2012 13:20

IMO that the hill in the Olympic ceremony could have been a representation of Glastonbury Tor. However, the fact that this appeared in a competition piece with an athlete carrying a torch seems to add reasonable doubt about that claim. Sadly intellectual property theft and copyright infringement happens all the time unless you’re shop owner who wanted to bolster business by using 4 rings or the words Olympic or Olympian when the full weight of the law comes down on you. – dww25, Norwich, 15/11/2012 13:32

Good on you Lee Sendell. Too often do so called famous figures steal the ideas of others and reep the massive financial rewards. This is obviously a steal in every sense of the word as it was submitted for an Olympic based competition. – Phil Osopher, England, United Kingdom, 15/11/2012 9:48

Oh come on! Lee Sendell invented HILLS did he?! Get over it and stop being so greedy! – KAB, Valletta, 15/11/2012 11:44

‘I was lucky enough to be short-listed but wasn¿t selected as the eventual winner. ‘I moved on and put the idea on the shelf………But now i might be able to make money on it, because i’m a litigious, slimey, worm. Why not find out first and get credit for it rather than take it to court you ass. – John, Leeds, United Kingdom, 15/11/2012 12:46

The Communist Party should sue for the opening ceremony’s blatant enactment of the opening chapter of the Communist Manifesto. – John McKay, London, 15/11/2012 8:50

Some Comments from The Sun :

i write a lot in this paper but after reading all the comments i realise there is no point…….. one person can make a difference ?? change things ?? try and put across truth and sense fairness…… no…… society is too far gone most of the comments here are filth……. pre judging this guys motives actions…… if what he says is true he has a right to make a point of it……… thanks flouride heads for making me realise to never waste a second after this writing in here….. your all nuts ! – Steveholt
 

Ok so he says he drew this picture 3 years before the Fiasco games. However when he submitted it to this offical contest for ideas for the opening Ceremony, he is in effect waiving his rights to the picture and it becomes  the property of the people who are holding the contest and therefore as such they can do with it what they want. In short they didn’t steal it he gave it to them. Certainly if he can prove he submitted it he should at least be given some credit.. for giving Seb Coe and his cretins the idea on spending the biggest waste of money since the Millionum Dome was thought of.

I would have thought he would have wanted to put as much distance between himself and this odious piece of art as possible, given that as a result of it this country is in serious financial debt. – Lornawanstall

oh go on let him have a bit of money..he obviously needs to buy some tweezers. poor man. – imjustme
 
Stuff like this has been going on for years, especially in the music industry. I have to admit though that this mans design is remarkably similar to what we saw at the Olympics opening ceremony. – jumist
 
there are coincidences `but` this is a copy !!!!! if the kid really sent in that pic he has been ripped off and should sue the shirt of boyles back !!! – steveholt
 
He might have a case ……. – smugshot
 
Some Comments from Yahoo news:
 
He should be given credit where credit is due. I thought it sucked, but if they used his concept and idea he should at least be recognised. Hard to prove in any case so many things are similar to other things. – Kevin
 
I made a sandcastle exactly like that in 1962. Can i sue him as well? – Macbert
 
Did you submit your sandcastle to the olympic comittee for inclusion in the olympics to have the idea rejected and then used anyway? And our audience said…. no. – Kez
 
I hope some honest person gives him the proof he needs!. to many people steal others ideas, I am no artist, but many years ago at school we were ask to do a painting and that some visitors were coming to see them, I did a painting of various leaves from trees and seperated them of in a fancy way, it was admired and when I went to take my painting to give to my mother I was told I could’nt as they wanted to use for something, The visitor was a student and related to the headteacher, many years later I saw my painting , now a design in a shop window, I was livid , it was a very expensive shop….. I would have rather my mum had got it. – A Glancey
 
(1) All creators borrow, but the art of creation in the modern, litigous world is to hide your sources. (2) An idea bursts out at a certain time: unknown to each other, several artists can have a similar idea at roughly the same time – so a succesful litigation would have to disprove this claim. – Simon
 
That’s all hypothetical, and you can’t simply ‘borrow’ from another artist without given approval. It seems to me this idea was ripped off without permission and Boye has made a tidy sum of money from it. – Stephen
 
Come on Simon… He submitted the idea to a committee that was directly linked to Danny Boyle… Need to know more? – Pedro
 
Oh come on! This is hardly a new idea, in fact I saw something similar on Grand Garden Designs a decade ago. But I suppose if you’re a mediocre artist desperate for money, taking Danny Boyle to court might get you a few quid. – Robin the Hood
 
I think everyone is missing the point, the idea was submitted to LOCOG as an idea for the opening ceremony that is why it seems possibly more than just chance that the idea was used. – Cephas
 
No, the “artist” is missing the point. Apart from a hill with a path around it, there is nothing in common with Danny Boyle’s concept. In fact I wopuld suggest that Lee Sendall nicked the idea from a number of sources including an existing hill with paths (as his sketch shows unless he considered building a motorway, coastline and mountain inside Wembley. – Robin the Hood
 
The resemblances are too close to be coincidence. Litigation is almost undoubtedly unaffordable and equally unnecessary; In the eyes of many Danny Boyle’s name and reputation will be tarnished. What a pity, when a simple acknowledgement was all that was required. Some of the posts here are little short of disgusting! Shame on youse. – Val Gaize
 
Looking at his blog entry the artist seems to have a compelling case against Boyle. – PJ
 
Lee Sendall’s 2009 competition entry…….ah well….a bit amateurish?  <<Sendall – who explains his claims in detail on his blog – told the Daily Telegraph that he had been BOMBARDED WITH MESSAGES from people who had seen his original design, which he had made into a series of postcards with fellow artist Dominic Heffer.>> Poor guy. I hope he survived the bombardment from all these idiots they obviously missed the fact that HE “stole” the idea in the first place. Good luck, Mr Sendall – Barbara
 
Just another skint artist looking for a quick buck, methinks. – rodthemod
 
you mean another skint artist being ripped off. – Dennis
 
Danny Boyle may not have seen the art submission but perhaps his art assistants did! – Brummie Girl
 
Lived at the foot of Glastonbury Tor for years, it is not that shape and it has the tower of a ruined church ,St Michaels, at the top not a tree. But I suppose a church tower would have offended some people. Boyles is really nothing like our Glastonbury Tor – Michael Cooper
 
Erm, Yahoo! is there something missing in this sentence? “A LOCOG spokesman told The Art Newspaper that Boyle had taken the idea…” Should there be a ‘not’ in there somewhere? Otherwise, it’s looking pretty good for Mr Sendall’s case. – CL
 
ideas are not copyrighted, nor copyrightable – but you can have moral rights to an idea. A design though is copyrighted as long as it is put to paper…. – Sirius Bizniz
 
It’s his intellectual property, AND there’s a ton of proof of that. The only thing difficult to prove is whether or not Boyle caught so much as a glimpse of the original artwork – which is why this publicity might help, someone might have shown Boyle some of these postcards or something else with the idea on it, and they might chip in for their pound of flesh. – Kazz
 
‘Danny Boyle said about a year before the olympics that he took his inspiration from the English countryside.’ – Not to say Boyle copied or not, but that sentence is not much of an argument when the image was created and recreated (in the form of a postcard; easily distributed without descrimination as to who sees it) three years prior to the Olympics. – Stephen
 
Could be that great minds think alike, I go for a pee now as fools seldom differ too. – Tom Mcmanus
 
Sirius, it WAS brought onto a media. First, it was entered into a competition and short-listed – which means it came to the attention of far more people than the ones which weren’t short-listed – and then it was printed on postcards which were sold on to the general public! You can’t really get much more proof than that of intellectual property, short of publishing it in a national newspaper. Not to say they didn’t come up with the idea independently of course, I’d guess it’ll be impossible to prove either way unless someone states that they sent him one of these postcards or something similar. But at least they’re both getting publicity out of this ;) – Kazz
 
Initially i thought B***S*#$%$ just a coincidence, & even liked Russell’s comment below. Then i followed the link in the article & read his blog, & compared the pictures etc. Then i followed the ‘Arts Professional’ link in his blog, then i done little bit of googling…….  & now i’m convinced this guy genuinely had his idea & design ripped off!. – Old
 
Got chocked for a second, as I can’t imagine Susan Boyle stealing anything. – Hyp Hen
 
If this idea was ripped off, well it’s a lazy man who did it. Unfortunately for this artist, there is no copyright in ideas. If there was such a law, there would only ever be ‘one’ of anything. After all how many more magic themed TV series are we going to see, as bred from Harry Potter? JKR would spend all her time in Court suing people for God’s sake! Plagiarism is the theft; but not the same thing as taking an idea and developing it. Although, if Boyle did see the guy’s work first, he could have been a little more subtle! – Serpico
 
There’s always some muppet like Lee Merrill Sendall trying to make a quick buck out of a genius who had the guts and brain to put it all together so brilliantly. Go Danny Boy – go! FuckOff Sendall !!! – chocol8
 
Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe. I think you owe it an apology. – L
 
L…. If I stopped breathing, the tree will have less CO2 to absorb. – chocol8
 
Looks more like he will get sued by the makers of Walnut Whips! – LJ
 
No, none of us knows whether the idea was “borrowed”, but having been ripped off by big companies who just shrugged and said “prove it” when challenged, I tend to side with the non-celebrity on these things. People are always very quick to side with the big names and assume that others are trying to cash in on their creativity, when the opposite is just as commonly the case. I repeat, none of you knows! – Foureyes
 
Let’s put it another way: if someone had shown you the drawing and then said, ‘Ok folks, how close to the original idea did Mr Boyle stick?’, you would say 100%. This looks EXACTLY like the idea used for the ceremony. – Rob
 
Another money making scheme by a failed wannabee – Saxonexile
 
he coincidence is too obvious to dismiss. I am an artist and it is virtually impossible to come up with a design so similar as this one for the same event. Of course Bowle was influenced by it – but he has not actually plagerised the design, he has used his own version. It is though – suspicious! but very very hard to prove. NOT WORTH THE FUSS! – Gilchap
 
Hey Sendall, If it was me I’d keep quiet about being behind this rubbish!!! – David
 
Anyone who can’t see that’s a rip off must be blind or stupid. – Ninefingers
 
Why now? Why didn’t he raise this the day after the opening ceremony? – D
 
“Why now? Why didn’t he raise this the day after the opening ceremony?” Maybe he did. Maybe it’s only just worked it’s way to the front page of Yahoo! Do you seriously think a little man with no funding can, the day after, have his newsworthy (if it is that) story hit the headlines? It doesn’t work like that. If you feel it does, you try it! – Sean
 
Actually, he first wrote about it on the 11th of August. Look at his blog… – Bang
 
Next week Lee Merrill Sendal threatens to sue London itself saying “that Thames they’ve got running through it looks exactly like a river I once drew!” It’s a hill man… you can’t copy write a hill, we’re not in America now! – Steve
 
I hope he sues him successfully. This is practically the same idea as the one ‘designed’ by Danny Boyle. Every detail is so similar it beggars belief that he thought he could get away with it. It wasn’t even worth the money anyway !!! – W Mcormick
 
Typical Cod Head always after something for nothing. Try a no win no fee company like the rest of Hull do – Goolie 75
 
Before you have a go at this artist, remember how the London Olympic Committee themselves persecuted every single shopkeeper, stall-holder, small businesses, and various individuals who used anything that remotely looked like their logo. Be fair-minded. – Idl
 
I suspect this “British artist” is just an unemployed bloke who likes painting trying to supplement his benefits. – James
 
My sympathies are with the artist. This is once in a lifetime opportunity – a bit like guessing all the right lottery numbers and then finding out your card wasn’t entered. He must feel pretty gutted if it’s true. Insurmountable legal fees are always the problem for ordinary plaintiffs. No win no fee anyone!!?? – Amuse
 
Given how ‘left field’ Boyle’s idea was; it is remarkable that a similar idea was put forward to THE GAMES before Boyle’s plans went firm. We can take it for granted that two artists have exactly the same (leftfield) idea for such an event or otherwise think, do you know what the chances of that are pretty remote…. – Standby
 
 
 

Olympic Opening Ceremony Debacle goes mainstream media!

November 20, 2012 53 comments
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Sunday Telegraph 18th November 2012

In the last few days this story has appeared in some mainstream media publications both in print and online. It seems that the snowball launched in August has gathered momentum and has become quite a big story.

A couple of weeks ago a journalist from a press agency (BNPS) based in Bournemouth called me after reading about my concerns in a few arts specific news outlets, Arts Professional and Yorkshire Times.

He interviewed me on the telephone and told me if the story was picked up on he’d let me know. He didn’t though and the Daily Mail ran with the story on Thursday.

Meanwhile a Journalist from the Sunday Telegraph called me and conducted another telephone interview and sent a photographer to my house on Friday.

The BBC called and Peter Levy interviewed me but seemed to get frustrated by his lack of understanding of the situation. He decided not to continue the interview or air it.

The Hull Daily Mail also called and conducted  a brief telephone interview. They subsequently ran the story on Friday complete with the wrong images and out of date irrelevant ones instead.

Today I have noticed that other media outlets are running the story The Sun and Yahoo News and various legal blogs etc….

Its unfortunate that the media running the story seem to be predominantly the right wing ones. Is this because Danny Boyle has leftist leanings or something? Or perhaps because the Olympic Games was largely a Labour Party production?

The most accurate news story from the mainstream media has been the Sunday Telegraph one so far. The most common inaccuracy is the claim that I am suing Danny Boyle. This is not true. I have sought legal advice on the matter and so far have received one legal opinion about where I stand in relation to the law with my claim. Public comments seem to concentrate on the mound itself and rightly point out that I didn’t invent it. I was in fact predominantly inspired by Silbury Hill, I am well aware of many spiral mounds round the world both ancient and modern. The devil, as they say, is in the detail and it is the details that make this a case of ‘copying’, in my opinion. I make no claim to have invented hills or grass or spirals, that would be silly.

Danny Boyle has also been in the news championing regional theatre with colourful language. I have nothing against Danny Boyle. I agree with him about regional funding etc. I enjoyed watching Slumdog Millionaire! However if it is true that the opening ceremonies introduction and set were entirely his vision then I can only conclude that he personally must have seen my work.

It is only a few weeks since I received an email telling me that Danny was entirely responsible for the visual concept of the opening ceremony, before that I didn’t even know who was responsible for it. I imagined that such large projects would include teams of artists and designers all presenting ideas to him and perhaps he would make suggestions and choose his favourites (whilst stroking a white cat and throwing chunks of fish to his pet sharks?).

Despite seemingly being used as a stick to undermine Danny Boyles social concerns (an unforseen and regrettable coincidence) I am pleased that I have managed to kick up an almighty fuss. The only weapon available to those with no money, power or influence.

I hope that goes some way toward explaining how I feel about this story.

The other aspect to the story which is so far missing from all of the above mainstream outlets relates to the competition I entered to begin with, in 2009. The Artists Taking the Lead competition has been placed under some scrutiny by Carol Lee and she seems to have uncovered evidence that the competition itself was corrupted by vested interest and large ccorporate cultural institutions. Now the Arts Council England Yorkshire regional office is conducting an investigation into itself. This is best read about online at the Arts Professional website it has several articles which discuss this issue in detail.

As you can imagine, not only was the competition possibly a foregone conclusion, but also to see mine and Dominics artwork and concept form part of the opening ceremony three years later, left me no option but to stand up for our work.

I didn’t do it lightly. I had to consider the likelihood that I will be laughed at, scorned and probably never get funded for an art project again! But weighing up these potential consequences with my own conscience left me no choice but to act as I have…… to be continued….

UPDATE:

Close Up of Sunday Telegraph images

Article in The Art Newspaper

November 14, 2012 2 comments

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Olympic Opening Ceremony

August 11, 2012 29 comments

After the Opening ceremony of the Olympics 2012, I began receiving lots of messages from friends asking if I had contributed to the opening festivities. It seems the central element was a spiral mound surrounded by a pastoral landscape. A cursory look at some stills from the event seemed to show some remarkable similarities, not only conceptually but down to some of the smaller visual details, to my good friend and collaborator Dominic Heffer’s illustrations. For example, see above.

The top image is one of our postcards that showed the mound through the ages.

The image below is a mock up of the opening ceremony.

The little house being in almost the same place seems a little more than coincidental.

As struggling artists in the North of England some recognition of our hard work to bring this concept to light would have been most welcome, if indeed it did inspire the opening ceremony.

Although my proposal was to build an actual mound 40m high in the flat landscape of Holderness, East Yorkshire, it does seem that our imagery and conceptual vision has heavily influenced the theatrical opening ceremonies theme and look.

My proposal to build a neo-neolithic mound was not merely thought of for the Olympic competition, it is an idea that I have wanted to fulfill for many years. The Olympic competition was a potential vehicle to make it happen.

Again, if it inspired the producers of the opening ceremony, some recognition of my bid to create one for real could have made a huge difference in its viability.

It seems there is more to this story concerning the regional judging process of the ‘Artists taking the lead’ competition, which if true makes this situation even more troubling and disturbing to me, however I leave that to September’s issue of Arts Professional to explain.

What do you think?

UPDATE: Also see my latest blog in this matter here : Olympic Opening Ceremony Debacle goes Mainstream Media

Excerpts from the proposal…

October 23, 2009 3 comments

Montage by Ben Stone

“…Lasting through scores of centuries of unwritten and written languages, it is natural that many different names have become attached to such structures, and they are accordingly known by the names – Barrow, Burf, Butt, Cairn, Cruc, Garn, How, Knapp, Low, Mary, Moat, Moot, Mound, Mount, Toot, Tump, Tumulus, Twt. Also less distinctively as Brugh, Bury, Castle, Knowl; these last names being also used in other senses…” – Alfred Watkins – The Old Straight Track 1925

Our idea…

We want to build a large spiral mound in the flat landscape of East Yorkshire. The mound will be constructed from soil, chalk and rubble like its Neolithic counterparts. The mound will have a spiral walkway from its base to the summit where people will be able to enjoy the spectacular vantage point it presents.

It will provide:

A Vantage point in a sparse landscape.

A meeting place and venue for seasonal and other festivities.

A rich ecological resource.

The creation of a new ‘natural’ space.

Community Focus on a lasting positive environmental legacy.

A time hardy monument whose story will continue to unfold deep into the future.

We will create a structure that will not only generate a new and interesting space for the community and the region but will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. It could become a location for seasonal celebrations, community festivals, annual events, outdoor theatre and fayres, beginning with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in 2012.

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Special attention will be paid to the ecology, planting of trees (fruits and otherwise), herbs, wild grasses and meadow flowers, both on the mound and in its immediate vicinity. In a landscape on which centuries of agri-industrialised monoculture has impacted on the natural habitat, our planting will be inspired by perma-culture and promote diversity in the environment, providing much needed variegation for a rich wildlife to flourish. We know of farmers in the area who have begun to turn significant parts of their land into woodland habitat, there is a widely recognised need for natural diversity in the locale.

The design of the mound will reflect its location through its geometry and its sensitivity to the eco-system. The spiral itself, though simple, will indicate a certain harmonious relationship with the microcosm and macrocosm and an awareness of its complexities, mirroring spiral galaxies, weather systems, sunflower heads, subatomic particles, the Nautilus shell, the Fibonacci number series etc. The path will be an Archimedes or Fermat’s logarithmic spiral allowing a flowing spiraling processional route over the mound, from North to South. It will be a simple and profound symbol of our collective awareness of the universe its machinations, its hidden forms and our place within it.

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There is evidence to suggest that in pre-history the British landscape was carefully mapped out in a Ley system, and the locations of many ancient mounds and monuments, cross roads and indeed churches (latterly constructed on already important sites) correspond to this theory. Certainly mound’s like Silbury Hill and its surrounding earthworks are consistent with this notion. In recent centuries much of this evidence of  ‘primitive’ civilisation has been eradicated in East Yorkshire, through the expansion of the urban footprint and the industrialisation of agriculture. By creating something new and unique in the landscape we are simultaneously reviving a tradition.

An artificial hill is a kind of battery in the landscape, perhaps all the energy that has gone toward its construction is stored in some mysterious format we can’t fathom. The energy is directed toward a crucial central point, compressed time.

The high drama of such an object in an almost completely flat landscape cannot be over emphasised.

A climb to a high point in a landscape, to simply look around, seems to be an innate desire. From a vantage point between the land and the sky we gain fresh perspective (and air!), we are rejuvenated by exposure to the elements and our dreams and aspirations are given wings.

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The British Isles has a wealth of ancient monuments and sites many of which were clearly constructed for reasons other than burials, habitations or as strategic fortification. Whether they were constructed as beacons for travellers or ritual meeting places or for some other mysterious reason we don’t actually know, but we do know that many of these sites have become celebrated and utilised as symbolic meeting places for many reasons. The builders themselves remain a mystery too. In the case of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire for instance, several generations must have been driven by coercion or cohesion to build it! Was it an echo of the nearby Glastonbury Tor (a natural monument)? Did the builders use some form of mathematics? Evidence would suggest so. Were they driven by passion or punishment?

“…Born in a cavern of mount Kylene, on the summit of which he had from the oldest times a sanctuary, he became the patron of the skilled athlete. In the oldest places of worship, however, the good shepherd, bearing the hooked stick. He guides wayfarers on unknown paths. Stone heaps with pillars in them, which serve as fingerposts, were hence sacred to him, so that the latter were often adorned with a head of Hermes; or on cross-roads even with three or four heads. As patron of market traffic, he became the god of trades-folk, and so brought his worship to Rome, where he was confused with the old Roman deity of Mercurius. Regarded thus he bears as the god of trade a purse as token. The herdsman’s stick passes over into the herald’s staff. After the transformation of Hermes into the god of luck this becomes the magical wishing-rod. As a wayfarer Hermes wears wings on his travellers hat and his shoes to indicate swiftness. As an interlude he becomes the patron of thieves, and to him is ascribed the herdsman’s pipe, the lyre, and other inventions. He becomes the messenger of the gods, and the leader over unknown track-ways of departed souls to the nether world…”

– Alfred Watkins – The Old Straight Track.1925.

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Intrinsic to the mounds design will be many ‘secrets’, of geometry, physics and biology.

These ‘secrets’ will not only add to the legacy of the mound but also serve as useful tools for educators to explain certain principles to students, to act as a practical tool to illustrate them. Logarithmic Spirals in nature and engineering, lunar dials, Fibonacci series, Archimedes spirals, spiral galaxies, astronomy, bio diversity, permaculture.

The addition of  a stone wall solar / lunar light sculpture that coincides with the summer and winter solstices, autumn and spring equinoxes etc, is a particularly interesting and exciting prospect.

Simply put we want to construct a monument that celebrates the landscape and its people, and is a meeting place for the celebration of culture, nature, art, science and learning.

For young people to see adults making a positive tangible impact on the environment and looking toward the future with care and attention is comfort and inspiration.

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Ta very much!

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Various organisations and individuals have been most helpful in getting this project to a point of feasibility. This is a thank you.

Dominic Heffer, painter extraordinaire, has helped to bring the project alive with his wonderful sketches and watercolours.

Coucillor Rick Welton of Hull City Council was very encouraging and fought for possible locations within Hull itself, unfortunately this was not to be.

Officers at both Hull City Council and East Riding Council for their encouragement and practical advice.

HIVE, Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment, who showed us the future of Immersive 3D multi media motion detector environment gameplay cinematic experience engineering visualisations. They blew our mind, but we couldn’t afford to present our idea with their future technology…

Dave Evans at Humber Archaeology Partnership gave indispensable advice and information about the East Yorkshire region’s rich and fascinating ancient landscape. He also gave me a wad of information on Silbury Hill with a detailed analysis of its construction.

Peter Fink at Form Associates put me in touch with Peter Brett Associates and consequently Peter De Souza, Civil Engineer, who helped me get a true idea of volumes, ratios, areas and other essential calculations needed to realise the idea. Both Form associates and Peter Brett Associates worked together to build a spiral mound in Northala park London.

Hull’s Volcom common treasury organisation were very helpful in loaning me a video projector for our presentation in Dewsbury, they exist to provide community organisations and voluntary groups with equipment and materials for specific events.

Yorkshire Design Partnership came along and helped me create a truly feasible proposal that we knew could be delivered within budget and on time. Along with Stephen Bean of Stephen Bean Associates, landscape architects we presented a compelling notion.

There are many others who were very helpful, this is a huge thank you to all of them!

Allez oop!

LMS

Through the ages…

October 3, 2009 1 comment

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Possibilities…

August 16, 2009 2 comments
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Early Watercolur Sketch by Dominic Heffer
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