Crab & Winkle Way 2005
Location : The Goods Shed, Canterbury, Kent
Materials : English Oak, steel & railway track
Commissioned by: Stour Valley Countryside Project

Artist/blacksmith Julian Coode and I were invited to create a 'cycle rack' to mark the beginning/end of the Crab & Winkle Way, a cycle path which runs from Canterbury to Whitstable along the line of one of the oldest railway lines in the world (now disused). This collaboration resulted in this large scale work, over ten metres in length, entitled Turnaround.

The piece has a number of visual and symbolic associations. The steel rims are made from original railway track taken from the site, some of which we believe came from the original line. We bent the track to shape using a sixty ton hydraulic ram, rescued from the now defunct Snowdown Colliery. The timber elements are from green English Oak. Bent steel tubing links the vertical wheel form to its mirrored horizontal wheel, set in the ground. The piece is set in the car park of The Goods Shed, the country’s only permanent farmers market. Originally, the building was a goods shed for the steam engines which used the Crab & Winkle line. Inside it housed a turntable for the railway engines.