Working with Metal and famous photographer Kate Garner, who supplied the thought provoking question "Why do animals Exist?", I created a 48sheet billboard design which was installed alongside a busy Peterborough road for a month.
The bear in the photo composite is a real mistreated black bear from a Russian zoo, the textures used were taken from the building the billboard was pasted onto and there was also a real chain used to connect the bear's nose to a real lamppost which was up against the hoarding.
Research into Peterborough’s history for the Cowgate Underpass project inevitably brought to light stories of our old friend and omen of death, Black Shuck.
Collected here are a few photos from the relatively recent movements of avid “Shuck Spotters” in the area. As an ambassador for the rights of all wild beasts, including spectral cryptids, I ask is this demon dog whom we so arrogantly call “our own” really the voracious menace many believe him to be?
Does he truly carry pestilence in his maw and death on his breath? Is it fair to blame his pained and desperate howls for any unfortunate event, be it an untimely death or the burst banks of the Nene? Or have we simply encroached too far into his natural habitat? Has he not haunted the fens for centuries? Is it not the conversion of swampland for agriculture, the unfurling urban sprawl of new builds and other anthropogenic changes to the characteristics of this rich and once fertile land that we should question and fear?
What is worse? A lonesome ghost dog, or our own ever more gluttonous consumption of the natural world?
I put it to the reader. If Shuck and his magnificent brethren around the globe do indeed bode ill to the beholder, perhaps we should take heed. With mankind laying high speed railways through ancient forests, destroying ecosystems, killing off species in their thousands and destabilising climates, perhaps we should listen to those ever more common hellish calls in the night and question who the real monsters are.
Just a handful of large scale experiments. I'm under no delusion that I'm much good, but I enjoy it and see improvements all the time. More on the way soon.
As part of Creative Peterborough's Walk This Way collection... I made an octopus out of a welly!
Cephalopod. Octopus are "Cephalopod" which literally translates as "Head-Feet" and they are masters of camouflage. This clever specimen was spotted blending in amongst the 74 million tons of plastic in the open ocean. A good sign that we should give plastic bags (which can take 1000yrs to decompose) the boot!
On display outside St John's Church in Peterborough.