Winning national competition entry, commissioned by North Down Borough, Arts Council Ireland and Scott Wilson Architects, Belfast.
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 inspired this concept. The tongue twister is:
A Twister Twisting
When a twister twisting would twist him a twist,
For twisting a twist three twists he will twist;
But if one of the twists untwists from the twist,
The twist untwisting untwists the twist.
The ‘Twister Twisting’ water feature 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.
Sunlight dances in the water and reflects back from the metal surfaces.
The poem is etched into the coping stones surrounding the base pool linking again to the 19th Century heritage of the garden.
Designed, made and installed by Charles Normandale
and the team from Wheely Down Forge Ltd