Many of Howard Bowcott’s sculptures are made using thousands of thin slates. Each slate is individually cut and shaped, then stacked and glued to complete a form. Reinforced concrete infill allows Bowcott to create large and imaginative public sculptures.
These sculptures reference the geology, traditional stone-walling techniques and the skill of the slate quarrymen, all evident in the mountain landscape of North Wales in which Bowcott has lived for the last thirty years. His sculptures celebrate these elements, but create new interpretations as contemporary works of art. Each responds to site and new context.
Whilst the resulting works are often monumental in scale, their construction and material draws the viewer in. Thus the spaces between the stones are as important as the stones themselves. Bowcott’s craftsmanship reveals a human and universal dimension: the joy of the touch of a hand bringing a material to life