The Hub

the hub
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The idea for the form of the sculpture came from one of the wheels on a first world war gun carriage in the Aldershot Military Museum. The bronze imagery attached to the object reflects some of the military, domestic and aviation history of North Camp. As well as resembling the union jack in plan it also resembles Colonel Cody’s flying helmet! The project was managed by Richard Mann of Rushmoor Borough Council; and by MarcTomes of the Hampshire County Council; with advice from local historian Jo Gosney and several community groups.
It was installed in November 2007 and was part of the Regeneration of Older Urban Areas initiative. It is located at the junction of the old Lynchford road and Camp road.
In order to get a fuller idea of what the sculpture might be like on site I made a hardboard mock-up that I took on site for discussions with the client. I made the final sculpture at A&F Engineering in Farnham as it was beyond the capabilities of my own workshop in Dockenfield. I used a combination of Stainless and mild steel to celebrate the rust that would naturally appear and used cast bronze for the roundels as it relates to gun metal which is a traditional material that is used in army equipment.
The Hub sits on silver granite tram-lines is 1.7 meters across and 1.5 tall and weighs in at 1144 kg.

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