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Water Table

UHC were commissioned to hand craft a sustainably sourced oak centrepiece table for the Low Water Garden; an entry into the 2008 Hampton Court Flower Show. The resulting piece reflected the history of the local water board, raised issues of climate change and brought water-scarcity to the attention of the public.

A huge hand drawn leaf from a drought tolerant Brassica plant doubles-up as a map of indigenous low-water crops. The work also lists the names of the buried tributaries of the River Thames and the Victorian engineers who pioneered London’s drainage systems and founded Southend’s original water company.

Constructed in our woodwork studio, after an extensive period of local and academic research, Water Table has a permanent home at Chalkwell Hall, Southend-on-Sea, a carbon neutral project space for artists from around the world.

Commissioned by Metal Culture
Supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council