After 30 years creating Public Art, Richard Farrington has turned his hand to smaller work. Continuing to create characterful pieces full of wit and whimsy, Farrington's new sculptures are fun, exciting and somewhat experimental. Never sure how the final piece will look - Richard takes inspiration from one starting piece and the sculpture evolves from there. He describes some of his sculpture as physical sketches - in particular, his giant 'Cats Whisker' as a red pencil line through the sky.
Farrington's 'Myriad Creatures' emerge from the stream by the weir like some sort of evolving beings, slowly creeping their way up the bank to rest in the dappled sunlight. Based on the unique and intriguing forms of Diatoms - a major group of algae that date back to the Jurassic Period, Farrington was inspired by magnificently detailed drawings by Ernst Haeckel from 1904. The pieces are created in a fantastic and exciting inflation process, and the speed and accompanying noise of the creation make these creatures come to life. A DVD shown and sold in the gallery reception documents the creation process.