Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

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“Bigfoot Imprint “

“Bigfoot Imprint ” was created at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in August 2017.The intervention was created in response to witnessing massive amounts of plastic waste deposited on the beaches in West Cumbria throughout the summer. To highlight the sheer volume and different types of plastic waste I created a towering edifice from material collected from nearly St Bees beach. I adhered the colourful waste onto a traffic cone borrowed from the nearby harbour and situated the artwork next to the sea. The cone itself acts as a warning sign and was embossed with the title “Bigfoot ” hence the title. After photographing the artwork it was disassembled and the cone returned to its spot on the street guarding against a hole in the ground. 

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“Toy Soldier Drawing “

The artwork  is part of a series of drawings of retrieved toys picked up from various beaches in West Cumbria. I sketched the soldier onto discarded sheeting also found on the beach using a black marker pen. As well as highlighting environmental degradation and pollution in the marine environment I was drawn to a sense of melancholy evoked by discovering the toys washed up on the sands .Maybe the toys were left on the beach by children initially and then taken out to sea by the tide.?All the toys I have collected so far show signs of wave erosion resulting in missing limbs or soldiers minus their guns for example,resulting in dismembered states of appearance. I felt sympathy for their abandoned plight and and am curently resurrecting their status by sketching them and showing the results by the beaches they were discovered. The toy soldier drawing was pinned onto a beach groyne at St Bees beach in West Cumbria in August 2017.

2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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“Beach Products”

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“Beach Products”,was assembled at Parton beach, Cumbria on a mild November day in 2014.
I’ve always been fascinated by industrial materials and the processes involved in the manufacture , storage and distribution of raw materials. Old washed up products from long gone brick and ceramic factories and studios as well as old coal ‘crackers’ were gathered from the tideline and stored temporarily in canvas bags.The idea was inspired by old photographs of people collecting and selling coal gathered from the beach in  past times of hardship and austerity.The colours of the installation contrast vividly with the more natural sombre tones of the background seascape and act as an echoe and reminder of the intensity of the industrialised heritage of the West Cumberland coast.

“Shop Floor”.

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“Shop Floor”, was constructed in mid November 2014 at the former Kangol factory site at Cleator Moor in Cumbria. The artwork is made from site specific materials gathered from the factory floor and looped through discarded electrical wires.A bent piece of metal acts as a frame and the installation was hung on a wall inside the former hat factory. Low Autumnal sunshine highlights the artwork and creates shadows to good effect. As I write this, planning permission to knock down the factory and build a housing estate on the site is being considered by the local town council…..

“St Bee’s Tower “.

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“Tideline Tower” is a temporary mixed media beach installation created at St Bee’s in West Cumbria.The main structure is made up of eroded red sandstone rocks ,forming a five foot high tower of these delicately balanced stones.The structure is adorned with collected plastic fragments strewn all over the beach after recent winter storms.I liked combining the natural and man made materials together to create a visually strong form made without the use of any tools .Although the message behind the artwork is to highlight the sheer volume of rubbish that is dumped into the sea,the artwork also has a playfull quality and I enjoyed the process of collecting the colourfull bottle lids and other discarded various bits and pieces.Lots of people came up to me with positive comments or wishing to take photographs and put their own spin on what I made comparing it to a Xmas tree or an ice cream cone or even a Dalek ! I made a series of artworks over the course of three warm and settled days,conducive to experimenting with combining new site specific materials in a visually stunning seaside backdrop.

“Bracken Roundel”.

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“Bracken Roundel”,was made in Autumn ,2013 in Hawarden Woods,Flintshire.Dead bracken fronds were attached to the surface of an old metal drum disc in Star formations and then the disc was wedged in between two tree trunks suspended above the forest floor.The artwork reminded me of a stained glass roundel with the colourfull star patterns starkly illuminated against a bare early winter forest backdrop ,devoid of leaves and foliage.Halfway through the construction a gamekeeper came over and kindly instructed me not to work in the wood anymore till February as my prescence was disturbing the pheasants..

“Bark Disc” by Tim Pugh.

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“Bark Disc”is a midwinter snow installation created in Hawarden Woods,North Wales in January 2013.A circle is carved out from a layer of snow spread across an oak tree using a small twig as a tool.The surrounding white contrast of snow highlights the beautiful textures and colours of the treetrunk within the circle.The artwork survived for two days in the wood,sustained by bitter overnight frosts and sheltered from the effects of any thaw from direct sunshine by the presence of surrounding trees.

Hello world!

Well,world,this is my first attempt at sending a blog and hope that I can build on this and get some momentum in updating folk on my activities and adventures,and various projects.I am leaving the land of passenger pigeon and morse code and embarking on a strange new world.Am out of my comfort zone but have to move forward now and embrace the strangeness and change and be positive.Will start to show images and your feedback will be appreciated.Here goes….