Sculpture in the garden
Bill Harling is a sculptor, living in Skelton, East Cleveland, who specialises in sculpture of the human form. He trained at Middlesbrough and Maidstone schools of art and has been a full-time sculpture since 1997.
He works by making models from clay or plaster from which he then creates a cast. Foundry cast bronze is the preferred material but the complex casting process makes it expensive. Alternatively he casts in resin, reinforced with a variety of materials such as fibreglass and steel, and bulked out with a range of filler materials which add strength and stiffness to the cast.
His work involving the human figure refers not to individuals or personalities. The minimal or complete lack of faces and the featureless apparel relates to universal characteristics, common to all, as separate and communal members of the species.
His influences include the sculpture of ancient Egypt which Bill feels has never been surpassed, the figurative work of Malliol and the landscape inspired work of Henry Moore.
A selection of his work will be on display in the garden from March until October. They can be purchased direct from the artist and all details will be available at the kiosk.