Wednesday, October 4

Rob Heard’s Bough Houses Workings


Rob Heard’s Bough Houses Workings. Rob Heard has produced a captivating set of ‘Bough Houses’ made of. His houses are around 6 feet tall, each with detailed walkways and a huge variety of delicately designed components. Check Rob Heard’s site here.

Bough Houses Workings

About Rob Heard

I began my career working with wood, making elaborate wooden playground equipment, pirate ships and tree houses for children. After injuring my wrist. I scaled down the size of my creations, producing a series of unique Bough House sculptures. Which were adored by both adults and children and shipped all over the world.

Bough Houses Workings

In 2013 a serious accident

In 2013 a serious accident left me with limited mobility and continuous pain in my right arm. A very dark chapter ensued as I contemplated how I would be able to continue artistically. My thoughts turned to others with more serious life-changing injuries – soldiers returning from conflict with physical wounds, missing limbs and emotional scars – and those who did not return at all. I reflected on the impact of war both on individuals and society, becoming motivated to create something that illustrated both the scale of loss and the individual human impact of conflict. Inspired by one of our bloodiest battles, I embarked on a two-year journey to create a large-scale artwork representing the number of allied forces killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Bough Houses Workings

Working in these simple conditions of reflection and repetition the figures took on their own significance. I felt individually connected to each name on the list as I crossed them off one by one, transferring this energy to each form.

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