What beautiful sculptures!


The Maunsell Forts were small fortified towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were designed by Guy Maunsell in 1942 to house anti-aircraft guns and search lights. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities. Nowadays a consortium called Project Redsands is planning to conserve these magnificent remnants.

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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  1. seascapesaus says:

    How strange these structures are. At first like castles or little cities, then like alien beings. Rusting hulks? but still fascinating.

  2. clinock says:

    So weird and other-worldly to see these structures – I had no idea they still existed. I’m with the conservation group trying to save them – they are so symbolic of a past ‘dark age’ and remind me of Marshall McLuen’s idea that all old technology eventually becomes art……

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