Well even a life longer Wiganer can sometimes miss the gems literally located on the door step, it seems I’m not the only one who’s never heard of this Portmeirion style art oasis.
Say hello to Kevin Duffy, a salt of the earth, unassuming bloke from Wigan who’s been quietly creating some amazing and whimsical sculptures, grottos in and around his small nurseries situated on the outskirts of Wigan town centre.
Transforming ‘old junk’ into sculptures
Over the past 40 years Kevin has been transforming ‘old junk’ into all manner of statues, using, wire, concrete, paint and almost anything he can lay his artistic hands on. Even curtain poles, wheel barrows and dustbins have been used to create his sculptures.
In his own words Kevin says –
The artwork if you want call it artwork, like the figures they’re not perfect. The noses are out of sync and the arms are too long and that you know what I mean, but they look like what they are. You know what I mean.
Source – http://www.rectorynurseries.co.uk/about-us/
This man who has been quietly doing the stuff he loves for some 40 years has gained some notoriety in certain circles even once been featured on the BBC One show, but many in Wigan and North West haven’t ever heard of this create spirit.
Sculptures of Medusa, to full a full size horse and rider, children, religious icons, a church, pub, pond, bas relief walls, trees and balancing pixies, to name but a few are all part of the Rectory Nurseries art installations.
British people are renowned for being eccentric, creative and innovative, the work Kevin produces somehow is the embodiment of the British spirit. He unwittingly fuses all these British traits into sculptures and installation that enchant and amaze.
When Kevin asks “Is it a pile of old junk or art” – my reply is most certainly art. now you decide. Visit the Rectory Nurseries website today
Here’s a small selection of the works on display at Rectory Nurseries – Wigan.