A Twister Twisting

2008

Central Sculptural Water Feature for the restored Castle Park Walled Garden, Bangor.
Research into Northern Ireland’s links to the linen industry, North Down’s maritime and fishing heritage and a discovered Victorian tongue twister ‘A Twister Twisting’ informed this concept. It is a contemporary and unique translation of the traditional Victorian park fountain.

A flax flower rising from a base pool supports a twisting shoal of abstracted fish. Created in forged, highly reflective, polished and textured stainless steel they rise up to a height of 2.5 metres. Water spouts through the fish, spiralling upwards before cascading back down into the flower bowl. Channels between the petals create a trickling waterfall into the base pool.

The poem is etched into the coping stones surrounding the base pool linking again to the 19th Century heritage of the garden.

Design by: Charles Normandale and Julie Brooks-Hill
Made by: The Team at Wheely Down Forge
Client: North Down Borough Council
Photographer: Charles Normandale, Julie Brooks-Hill and Rossographer