The Garden of Forgotten Engineers, Smiths and Bicycles: Serena Thirkwell in Worthing

By Ben Miller | 20 January 2012
A photo of a metal sculpture of a bird made from bits of cog
Exhibition: The Garden of Forgotten Engineers, Smiths and Bicycles, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing, January 21 – May 5 2012

Sussex artist Serena Thirkwell is the great great grand-daughter of Pre-Raphaelite grandmaster Sir Edward Burne-Jones, but she puts her influences down to Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.

No-one could accuse her strange metal sculptures, creeping into the unsuspecting garden of Worthing Museum, of lacking singularity. They're made from broken agricultural machinery, old garden tools, dentist’s equipment, a rusty heater (turned into a bee, naturally) and an old farmer's plough (transformed into a helicopter).

"They were saved from the scrapheap," she explains, calling her mythical creations "satirical, sad and ridiculous."

"They were made by the great unsung engineers and blacksmiths of Sussex. It's fun to guess what makes up each sculpture."

  • Open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. Admission free.

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