In 1983, I completed my Degree in Fine Art/Sculpture, after becoming the first student to create installation work.
The theme was childhood and education. The main tower was made from new wood at the bottom, but old reclaimed wood, the higher up it went – and the higher up you climbed, the more unstable it looked and felt. But if you were a child, you wouldn’t be looking at the potential danger, or perceive the apparent weakness of technical construction – so adults generally went up the stairs and stopped at the first level, whereas children scrambled all the way to the top.
There were three towers in total: One made entirely of reclaimed wood; one made of half new and half reclaimed wood; and one made of entirely new wood – the latter being a quite place to site among plants and type out pages for a book.
There were also a few maquettes.