Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Category: Woodland installation

“Beech Grids “

The temporary installation was created on a blustery day at Hawarden Park in North Wales in November 2016.Autumn was in its final throes and provided a cover of intensely coloured beech leaves.The vivid hues reminded me of a watercolour box and I had the idea to replicate the ‘pans’ of colours onto the smooth surface of a host Beech tree.Previous heavy rain had soaked the bark and this had the effect of acting like an adhesive in which to adhere cut out squares from Beech leaves onto the surface. I arranged the squares in a colour coordinated grid and as time went on the artwork because increasingly difficult to create. ..the breezes started to dry out the tree surface thus diminishing  the adhesive effect and the leaves started to blow away. I had a frustrating time photographing the artwork as leaves would conspire to blow away just as I was about to press the shutter button on the camera.In a few days time,all the leaves had turned brown due to the onset of early Winter frost but was glad I managed to create something from this final flush of Autumn 


“Dressed to impress “.

The woodland installation was created at Hawarden Woods in Flintshire , North Wales in October 2016.I borrowed a coathanger from a nearby clothes shop and proceeded to sketch out an outline of a wedding dress into the soft soil.I then filled in the interior space with carefully selected beech leaves , graduating the colours as I went . The effect was like the scales  of a fish and the colours of the leaves echoed the seasons of the woodland to maximum contrasting visual effect.The presence of a slight breeze threatened to disrupt the artwork but by late afternoon , all was calm again .The artwork took 5 hours to create and was covered in a new carpet of fallen leaves within a day.

“Nerquis Trigpoint “


“Nerquis Trigpoint “.The artwork was created on a hilltop 900 feet above sea level in Flintshire in North Wales in September 2015 and is an Autumn leaf installation consisting of an old Trigpoint decorated with colourful leaves.A Trigpoint is a squat concrete pillar and was used as a navigation aid before satellites and modern day GPS evolved.There are many thousands of Trigpoints left on hilltops across the UK and although obsolete are viewed fondly by walkers and ramblers.I was commissioned by Denbighshire Countryside Services to decorate three Trigpoints on hilltops in North East Wales in the Autumn as an experimental project.Nerquis Trigpoint is the first pillar I decorated and choose Autumn leaves as my choice of medium. No glues or adhesives were allowed so I used jute string to tie the leaves onto the surface. It took 5 hours to create and photograph .A frustrating hour was spent waiting for the clouds to part and allow the sun to highlight the Autumnal colours before I could effectively document the artwork.

“Autumnal Drum”

“Autumnal Drum” was created in Hawarden Woods at the tailend of a particularly late Autumn.Contrasting assorted leaves were collected from a different part of the wood and adhered to an old metal drum.I liked the juxtaposition of the warm colours starkly illuminated against a backdrop of conifer trees devoid of colour.The artwork has a somewhat ironic quality as sometimes people comment that my leaf installations resemble wallpaper patterns hence my decision to deliberately create an over the top representation of peoples’ responses.The combination of natural and man made materials reflects my current practise of experimenting with new processes.The oil drum was used to store seed to feed pheasants as the wood is used as a venue for the shooting of game.

“Beech Samples” .

“Beech Samples”, was created in Hawarden Woods ,North Wales in November 2013 and is indicative of my current practise in combining natural and man made materials to create temporary installations in semi urbanised natural environments .Beech leaves were pinned to an old wooden board and arranged in formal lines ,perhaps suggestive of pinned butterflies and insects found in museums or old Victorian zoological collections.I wanted to highlight the sheer variety of colour to be seen in native Welsh Woodlands closer to home in contrast to exotic collections of species found in far flung places.I had to dismantle the installation shortly after I photographed it so as not to incur the wrath of the gamekeeper and took home the leaves to press for future art projects.

“Bracken Roundel”.

“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..

“Sycamore Stars” by Tim Pugh.

“Sycamore Stars”,was one of the first installations I created since starting my six week residency for the Montana State University School of Art at Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A. from October 9th, 2012. The iAIR program at MSU Bozeman’s School of Art was created in 2011 to foster an environment of international artistic exchange while providing a rich working experience for the artist to practise and grow. The artwork was created in a small copse within the university campus, and was one of the most delicate installations I have ever made. Very slight breezes increasingly threatened to blow away the seeds, requiring constant maintenance over the three hours it took to create, making me feel very tense and wondering whether I would ever get the artwork photographed. Brazen magpies were very inquisitive and all the while, students stopped by to have a look. After photographing the artwork I gathered up the seeds, ready to be reused again for a future gallery installation.

“Woodland Arrangement” by Tim Pugh.

“Woodland Arrangement” was created a few years ago in Hawarden Woods in Flintshire. The temporary installation was created on the forest floor and was made from gathered site specific materials such as leaves, berries, pine cones and sycamore seeds. The materials were arranged in lines to convey or imply the suggestion of a natural ‘code’ or language with the visually striking colours and textures, highlighted to good effect against the mud background. I viewed each woodland item like a jigsaw piece, finding the optimum space in which to ‘slot’ it into shape, creating smaller arrangements as I made the installation. The artwork took three hours to make but barely lasted a day succumbing to the effects of breezes and scampering squirrels.

Secret Door,by Tim Pugh

I am in the process of digitising older images of past artworks hence the inclusion of ‘Secret Door’. This is a mixed media drawing embossed onto a treetrunk of an ancient doorway, copied from a picture of detail from Bangor Cathedral in North Wales, and drawn onto the smooth bark surface using charcoal, chalk, and paint marker pens. The beech tree is located in Hawarden Woods in Flintshire, North Wales, and I wanted to suggest a sense of a secret doorway or portal into another world or dimension; the implication or the illusion of an escape from one reality to another….