17 foot high inverted thatched roof sculpture 17 foot high inverted thatched roof sculpture
jun 02, 2013

17 foot high inverted thatched roof sculpture

‘under the thumb to hide from the fingers’ by alex chinneck





produced by british artist alex chinneck in collaboration with marcelle joseph projects and master thatcher simon richards,
‘under the thumb to hide from the fingers’ is a 1.5 tonne, 17 foot-high inverted thatched roof. installed at a 10 degree angle,
the water reed, steel and pine structure slowly moves in the wind. an internal engineered hub was built from laser cut and
welded 6mm mild steel, supported on a weather vane. buried beneath the foundation lays a three tonne base of poured concrete,
while a 6 metre x 60mm diameter solid steel bar runs through the centre of the structure.



the sculpture weighs 1.5 tonnes and stands 17 feet tall



water reed was used so that the sculpture doesn’t get eaten by birds



under the thumb to hide from the fingers



under the thumb to hide from the fingers



the rusted weathervane is water-cut from 10mm mild steel



the sub-framework is produced in mild steel and pine



a cone template for laying the thatch



under the thumb to hide from the fingers



under the thumb to hide from the fingers



water reed



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