130 ceramic hands gather around hoping to get onto a leaky boat (a reclaimed wheelbarrow from a local wood). The complete installation measures 2.5 m by 2.5 m and can be arranged in a gallery according to the space available. This work was made in response to the eco refugee crisis that the world faces. The majority of the hands were made in unglazed single fired brown, black and white clay, but a few are taller and glazed in bright colours – these hands represent hope.
Terra Firma Leaky Boat was exhibited in Glasgow during Cop 26 at a climate change exhibition with Project Ability.
One large, craggy hand holding a blue glass sphere represents our fragile planet whilst tall, brightly glazed hands guide us through the crowd; both signify hope.
A SMALLER VERSION OF TERRA FIRMA
In smaller venues the work has been exhibited on white floor level plinths 1m x 1m accompanied by the film and soundtrack of waves on a beach. Each piece has its own separate title.
Film of the hands set to the sound of waves