Combining a background of sculpture, engineering, and large transforming theatre sets.
Andy Plant has been making interactive mechanical sculpture for 25 years.
‘As much performance as visual art, the work combines mechanics and engineering, a sense of place and a sense of humour.’
North Tyneside Arts 2001
‘We wanted to commision something that resonated with local people’s memories and set the public space in the context of the whole town…and above all a piece that was fun with a big wow factor….in fact Andy came up with the idea of a clock such as none other…. he has worked with and reconcille the requirements of a multiple client with a wide range of aspirations…Andy delivered to all the objectives of the brief and most importantly to time and budget.’
– Director West Allerdale Regeneration Programme 2006
1977 Degree in Fine Art, Wolverhampton
2009 Glass Pool, an animated reflective pool with mechanical fish and lighting. Manchester University Hospitals.
2008 A mechanical garden for Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Featuring live animated dancing topiary, mechanical dog,cat, birds.
2007 ‘Big Clock’ design and production of a series of new indoor clocks in collaboration with Tim Hunkin and Smith of Derby.
2006 ‘Lookout’ A new space designed as part of the redevelopment of Workington town centre. The design features an interactive mechanical clock, a clock face laid onto a new paving scheme and seating which incorporates light and sound.
2005 ‘Birds in the Gallery’ animated mechanical birds for the Lowry Centre, Salford in collaboration with Whalley Range All Stars
2004 Design for ‘The Worm’ a 25’ x 35’ animated snale clock for
Chester- le-Street, Co. Durham.
2003 ‘Tide and Time’ a speaking, nautical clock for Poole Lighthouse Centre for the Arts
2002 ‘The Temple of Turblence’ folly for Wallington Hall, a 15’ high beaten copper head with weather vane.
2001 Quay side water feature, 26’ high revolving steel and copper cascade, for Brayford Wharf, Lincoln.
Landmark sculpture for Royal Quays, North Shields. A 30’ high lightning strike with 10’ diameter copper spheres telling the time and predicting the weather.
2000 Rising portico clock for Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
1999 The moon track for Bluewater Centre, Kent
1998 Speaking clock for touring exhibition ‘Devious Devices’.
1997 Glasgow transport Museum ‘Shrine to the Car’, a donation box with a performing mini on a 20’ high column.
English National Opera, transforming car for L’esire D’more
1996 Clock mast for touring theatre ship ‘Fitzcoraldo’, the centre piece for the ship with weather information, fog horns and elevating crows nest.
1994 ‘Machinations’ a programme for Channel 4 on the building of the ‘Angel Truck’, a mobile touring clock.
1992 The Newport Clock seen at the Welsh Garden Festival and now in Newport, Gwent. A 31’ high, stainless steel, hydraulically collapsing clock.
1991 The Ride of Life, a collaboration of 15 artists creating a theme ride, an amusing, mechanised view of modern life.
1987 The ‘ World Clock’ for Accrington, a hydraulically transforming globe.
1986 Expo ‘96, Vancouver, mobile sculpture ‘The Limping Horse’
1984 Two clocks in partnership with Tim Hunkin, a steam powered clock for Chelsea and a wind powered clock for the Liverpool Garden Festival.
1981 A water clock for Covent Garden co-designed with Tim Hunkin.
1978 Starting 10 years with Welfare State International, designing and building large scale mechanical sculptural sets.
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