Commissions

Because of the quality and interest in the works of William Fairbank, he has been commissioned to produce a number of interesting sculptures.

Examples are given below:

 


 

Double Helix sculptures in Oak, London Plane and Utile

 

 

 


Heart of Yew

For the Tree of Life Exhibition within A Picture of Health

Chairman:  Dr Geoffrey Farrer-Brown 
"The role of the exhibition will be in primary health care and will emphasise the damage that is done to the heart and the coronary arteries by smoking."

 

The Heart of Yew

Dr Geoffrey Farrer-Brown is working with art and artists to communicate the essence of ideas that he holds deep within himself and have grown over a life working with and seeing hearts of people who had died from smoking. I found myself working with someone who at essence saw the great beauty of the heart and it was this fact that he wanted my work to communicate.
As a carpenter and joiner I have always found the multiple ways in which one piece of wood can be joined to another most fascinating and to find new ways of joining timber is a continuous challenge.
The heart muscular cells are lengthening and shortening, over and over, again and again, beat after beat throughout our lives. I started by building my heart of yew by joining one ‘cell of yew’ with the next ‘cell of yew’. Then came the third and forth and on as the heart started to grow before me. As in all growth the finished being is in fact unknown and off into the future somewhere.
In carpentry most wood is joined one straight flat surface to another but in nature this is very rare. To join two pieces of inch thick yew, where the meeting surfaces are all curved is a challenge indeed. 108 separate pieces of yew make up the whole and this technical achievement contributes to the attraction and fascination of the viewer.
The steel base was spun on a lathe and the vertical tube welded to it. The 900 fibre optic cables, each of which contains 80 hair thick strands of glass, pass up inside this which are set flush with the surface of the carved arteries and veins.
Each of the two light machines in the base include a glass disk which rotates slowly between the light bulb and the polished ends of 450 fibre optic cables. The flickering colours are produced by painting the disc with transparent paint, creating an effect of movement or flow within the still image.
At the root is the fact that if people can touch the sculpture then the sculpture will touch them which is at the heart of the Tree of Life exhibition.

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Sculpture Commissioned by: Frances Turner


Healing, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal
Medicine, Massage, Movement for Health Telephone: 0208 368 4314

Height: 1.7m

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The Dove

The Dove may be seen as a GIFT, a GIFT from every atom of the Universe. 

Contact William Fairbank for a half hour video presentation on the building of this sculpture.

Back wood:   European Ash  Flaxinus excelsior

Top hands:   USA/Canada Madrona  Arbutus menziesii

Dove:   European Lime  Tilia spp

Lower Hands:   European Plane  Platanus acerifolia

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Ribbon Of Life

The Ribbon of Life sculptures were commissioned by New Malden Methodist Church. New Malden lies to the south west of Greater Lon#don, near Wimbledon, and may be reached by train from Waterloo Station. The sculptures hang in the coffee bar behind the main church and are on permanent display.

The back ground timber is Cedar of Lebanon, the ribbon is made from English Ash and Brown Oak. The black crosses are made of 2000 year old Bog Oak from the Lincolnshire fens. The veneers come from around the world.

   

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Sculpture

 

  Commissioned by The Complimentary Medicine Centre, Eye, Suffolk, UK

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Bridgham Village Sign

The name of this village is over 900 years old and came about because this was the only bridge over the Thet river within a ten mile stretch.

The village lies in Thetford Forest and the sign is made from English oak.

The inspiration as to how the water is carved came from Japanese woodblock prints.

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1999

Wyld Court Rainforest,

Hampstead Norreys,   Berkshire, UK

  A series of detailed designs for wood carvings based on:

Three-toed Sloth, Toucan, Standing Pangalin, Sleeping Pangalin, Flying Fox, Crocodile head, Limur and Boa Constrictor.

 

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2000

Kings College,

Cambridge, UK

Processional Cross design  

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Crib Commission

for St Peter and St Paul Church, East Harling, Norfolk. UK

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The Birth in Bethlehem

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