The Barnacle Trees

Situated on the tidal banks of the river Adur, “Ropetackle” was a flagship project by Berkeley Homes, using a brownfield site made available through the work of SEEDA, and with additional funding for the art projects from Arts Council England.

As lead artist, Steve wrote a vision for the public art on the site, and managed the recruitment of the artist team, which was drawn from local, national and international submissions, and managed the delivery of seven projects by different artists. Steve created four Barnacle Trees on the southern corner of the site, occupied by the new Community Arts Facility.

These sculptures were inspired by barnacle encrusted pebbles found on the river bed at low tide, and are made from cedar wood, stainless steel and fibre optic lighting.