As well as spending happy hours drinking the best Beer in Britain, CAMRA 2008, I have ompleted several jobs for the brewery. The proprietor Graham Trott asked me to do 'something for the Railway Arms in Alton' in 2002 and liked my idea of a loco emerging from the facade of the building.
The two meter long, galvanised, stove enamelled and painted model of a Drummond M7 locomotive above the porch was inspired by Rene Magritte's Time Transfixed, where a train is emerging from a fireplace. The object falls somewhere between sculpture and signage and is based upon the type of loco that worked the lines in the region. It has become a favourite with the Altonians and the visitors who come in the RAT (real ale train) that runs between Alresford and Alton on the Watercress Line. As well as the little engine I made two steel figures for the post and flower basket holder that are carrying a cask of Stairway to Heaven - one of the great beers made by the brewery.
The seats were a particular challenge because the ground was not level in any direction and are made out of galvanised steel and tanalised timber. In the back beer garden I designed and shared the manufacture of railings that are based upon a level crossing gate; an idea that further develops the railway theme. At the brewery in Four Marks is a sign for their off-sales shop where my suggestion for Off the Rails was taken on.
I hope one day to make a guards Brake van for the new room at the back of the pub disappearing into the wall !
see also: Alton Sculpture Trail