The curators of the Sculpture Trail name Donald Knaack as the installation artist for the 2018 trail at Cockington Court.
Donald Knaack, otherwise known as The Junkman, uses unique and beautiful pieces of junk and recycled materials to create percussion instruments.
The installation, Junk Music Playstations, is designed for groups to come to the sculpture, pick up some provided sticks and jam together.
Donald Knaack said: “I am very much looking forward to my residency at Cockington Court. The sculpture is designed to be interactive and give visitors something they can play with, jam and create Junk Music. I hope it inspires others to come along and make junk percussion sculptures of their own.”
New for this year, artists across the South West were given the opportunity to apply to have their work installed on the trail at Cockington Court.
The trail is an artist led project, delivered in partnership by local artist Phil Dixon and Cockington Court Centre Director, and artist, Marissa Wakefield.
The selection panel was overwhelmed by the interest and number of applications. Including Donald Knaack, 18 artists have been selected to design and create sculptures for the trail.
Phil said: “This year’s trail builds on the success of last year. Marissa and I wanted to develop the project and give more artists the chance to be selected. We are overwhelmed by the quality and ideas of the applications we have received. They have imaginatively thought about where their work will be on the site and have produced sketches and designs inspired by Cockington Court and its grounds.”
The 18 artists are now busy preparing further details of the works they will create ready for the launch event on 26 May.
Marissa Wakefield said: “We are so excited to have so many fantastic artists involved in the project. Donald is exactly what we are looking for and his installation in the Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court will engage all of our visitors, just like we planned. There will also be a 2018 Sculpture Award for the favourite piece, which will be voted for by the visiting public throughout the summer.
“If you have any unused kitchen utensils we’d love to have them. They will help form part of Donald’s Junk Music installation in the Kitchen Gallery. This will be a fantastic interactive piece of work that people can come in and play their part in creating Junk Music.”
The Sculpture Trail leads around the grounds of Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden. It extends inside Cockington Court, in the Kitchen Gallery and Manor House, showcasing more examples of all the participating sculptors’ work.
The Sculpture Trail had over 6,000 visitors in 2017. A number of the artists received commissions and had work sold in the galleries in Cockington Court.
To find out more about the trail and the selected artists visit the website.
Donations for the Donald Knaack’s Junk Music Sculpture can be dropped into Studio 4 in the Stable Yard at Cockington Court 10-4pm every day.