Dave will be bringing his magical umbrella tree to the Woodland Assembly at the Shire Hall in Monmouth and to the Wye Valley River Festival Finale in Llandogo. You will also be able to see the giant deer he has created at the River Carnival in Hereford and other festival locations during the two weeks.
Dave has been gently tweaking the knobs of reality since 1995, ‘trans-muting’ found, used, discarded and recycled materials into strange and unexpected new forms, working as a sculptor, animator and film-maker, junk alchemist, blacksmith, metalworker, pyro-technician, set-builder, puppeteer and workshop leader. Increasingly his focus is on building articulated giant puppets and beasts, processional vehicles, dream machines and large scale fire and pyrotechnic creations. He has worked with pioneering companies – Welfare State International, Liverpool Lantern Company, Walk the Plank, Oxford Contemporary Music, Newbury Corn Exchange 101 Creation Centre, Cirque Bijou and Pa-Boom. In 2008 Dave and Tim Hill co-founded Rag and Bone to explore processional traditions, tell stories, build giants, great beasts and dream machines and create elemental performances (www.rag-bone.org). In 2012 Dave began an ongoing artistic collaboration with pa-BOOM, working closely with them to create projects such as Hot Heads and Horns of Fire. www.trans-mutation.com
See Dave’s work at Monmouth on May 12th and Llandogo May 19th