A Twister Twisting


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