Richard Fox’s completed OneOak moebius sculpture.
The piece will be on display, and for sale, at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 12th October.
Richard Fox and Jen Newman-Fox have started work on their pieces of the OneOak. The main section of the oak will be used by Richard to make a sculpture. In this case the work is based on the Trefoil knot shape with a Möbius (moebius) strip or twist (read the Wikipedia explanation).
To develop the sculpture first a maquette (scale model) of the sculpture is made, followed by a drawing, and at this point the angles and sizes of the individual pieces are worked out. Richard is also working on another four simpler wave shape sculptures which are smaller in size. Here are some photos of the making of the moebius sculpture so far.
Jen is using the off-cuts from the sculptures to make OneOak jewellery, some of which will have precious metal clay silver inlaid into them.
Visit the website of Richard Fox Sculpture
A unique project following the full life story of a single oak tree reaches a finale this week, with the first of a series of manor exhibitions at Art in Action, where all the items made from the tree are being brought together for the first time. The products range from the waste sawdust used by legendary chef Raymond Blanc to smoke salmon, to a throne chair worth £6000, and dozens of other items including charcoal, wood block prints, tables, benches, door, house, boat, and woodchip for bioenergy.
Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation and project co-ordinator Dr Gabriel Hemery said “this has been an amazing project that has inspired both the public and those who make a living working with wood and caring for our woodlands. Everyone has given their time to the project in so many different ways because they have been inspired by the concept:- the realisation that trees and wood are still vital to life even in modern society.”
Dr Hemery continued “after three years of hard work it is immensely exciting to be bringing together all the various elements of the OneOak project for our exhibitions during the Summer and Autumn. We will be able to show the public the stunning artwork, spell-binding films, earth-shattering science, and the myriad of truly amazing wood-based products. The only products that we won’t be able include in real life in the exhibitions will be the house and the boat!”
The OneOak exhibition at Art in Action is replacing the usual ‘Woodworking’ section; the marquee will be filled uniquely with all the products of the OneOak tree. Artists, musicians, sculptors and designer-makers will be on-hand to talk and demonstrate about their work in the OneOak project. Some 25,000 people are expected to attend over the four days, and where special measures have been put in place to cope with the soggy ground. See note from Art in Action
The following have been made to date: firewood, woodchip (to heat a house for 6 weeks), sawdust for smoking food by Raymond Blanc, charcoal, bracing beams for a house, transom beam in a boat rowed in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, door and frame, chest, pedestal table, coffee table, throne chair, clock, lantern, moebius sculpture, jewellery, acorn oakbot sculpture from waste slabwood, memorial sculpture, carved bowls, carved spoons, turned bowls, carvings, automata, commemorative garden bench by disabled workers, five benches for primary schools including the spider bench, contemplation bench, MakeIT! bench national school design competition, nesting tables, fine furniture competition winners pieces, small craft items, deer, viola chin rest, printing blocks, relief carving, sounding bowl.
Details of the OneOak products along with the stories of their making can be found here: www.oneoak.info/wood_products.php
The project website is www.OneOak.info
Art in Action, Waterperry 19th – 22nd July 2012 Art in Action
Blenheim Palace 25th July – 4th October OneOak at Blenheim Palace
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 12th October – 2nd December Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Over the last two and a half years, ever since the OneOak tree was felled in January 2010, we have been endeavoring to make as many and as varied items as possible from the tree to demonstrate how important trees and wood are to us in modern life.
Now that the first of our finale exhibitions is about to open (Art in Action July 19-22), we can list for the first time the number and variety of items made from the OneOak tree.
Here is a list of items made so far that exceeds 30 in number, while for some items there have been multiple versions (e.g. benches for five different schools) – the links point to stories on the OneOak blog over the last two and half years. See also our Products page on the OneOak website
We will update this list in the future and include information on some of the items that so far have not been featured in the OneOak blog.