Join madcap Harry’s artistic adventure
March 08, 2011
An inventor from Wokingham with a fondness for spirals and sculptures is seeking prominent spots and spaces around the borough to showcase his work.
Harry Mansfield has been busy in recent years creating a collection of sculptures, inspired by the double helix, and is now wanting to give his work the public recognition he feels it deserves.
The 39-year-old, who is a gardener by trade, has been putting his brain to work on all things inventive for more than 10 years.
In 2001 the he appeared on BBC One show Best Inventions with his reclining bicycle seat, a gadget which is both a child’s bicycle seat and two-wheeled go-kart.
However, Mr Mansfield, who lives in Clifton Road, has since turned his tinkering talents to designing sculptures powered by the medium of natural kinetics, and now has a collection containing 10 creations, which he wants to display in the borough.
His latest invention, pictured, is described by Mr Mansfield as a “spaceship”, with the spirals, which are made from fibreglass, being housed within four concentric rings resembling a globe.
The idea behind the sculpture, which is 5ft in diameter, is to catch water cascading from fountains.
Mr Mansfield, who is a graduate of King’s College in Cambridge, told The Wokingham Times how he is keen to create a partnership with any local businesses who would be willing to try and draw in customers through the use of one of his “spectacular sculptures”.
He is looking for sponsorship to finish his latest idea, and in return is willing to donate it to the business or individual who can stump up the cash needed to see the project through.
He said: “They really need a home and need to be exhibited. They need to be seen.
“I have 10 different creations in total, eight of which are just sitting in my mum’s garage in Cambridge.
“The more public the location the better. They would suit a business with a large frontage, like a garden centre or on a main road.
“Ideally, I am looking to create an association with a business who wants a spectacular sculpture to draw in customers.
“Failing that, I wouldn’t mind seeing them displayed on a roundabout and carnivals and festivals might be interesting.”
Anyone wishing to speak with Mr Mansfield about using one of his creations can call him on 0118 979 5081.