Phil Townsend

Seating, Way-Markers, Weathervanes, Stiles, etc

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Title:  ‘Watergate’

Location:  Watergate Estate, Crook, Co. Durham, 2002

Materials:  Sandstone, Jarrah (hardwood) 

Description:  Designed as an entrance feature into a large housing estate, this pair of sculptures serves both as signage and seating. Top surfaces of the two main blocks were sloped off diagonally and carved to portray a watercourse spilling out and down the face before running the length of the seats and down the support blocks at the other end. An important decorative element was the tiling set into the sides of the main blocks made by members of the local youth club in a series of workshops.