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Nigel George explains why he's not afraid to fail.

Posted by Eccleston George Team on August 13, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Photo. Julian Winslow http://www.julianwinslow.com/

"Surely the idea of 'success' is completely misunderstood by our capitalist world we live in? It seems to me that the corporate barometer is and always has been measuring the wrong thing in terms of what success actually looks like. The culmination of our human endeavours have led to the creation of a horribly distorted version of reality, a status quo that the vast majority of our species accept as the norm. Make no mistake, the world that human beings have created isn't normal by any means. As a species we can make no claim to be a succesful one. For years I've being asking people a quesetion - Since when is inteligence a benchmark for evolutionary success? I can answer that if you like! The answer is never because success on a planentary scale is measured by only one thing - longevity and we've not achieved that yet by a very long way!

 

I think the natural world gives us a wonderful example of what so called success really looks like, and, contrary to what most world leaders and corporations will tell you, in nature, real progress comes from real failure. The natural living world's pursuit for perfection is a clue to how it all works. It's a system based on iterations, constant changes informed by things that don't work and not things that do. This is mainly because in nature no one living thing works perfectly forever and relatively speaking most don't work for long at all. I think the 'nature is perfect' story is a myth too, if it where true evolution would be redundant because there'd be no need for anything to change. Perfection belongs to the realm of fairytales as far as I'm concerned.

 

Of course nature is fantastic at useful failing because through many many 'faliure cycles' important lessons are learned and changes made accordingly. This is all very unlike the human corporate world we're living in today where we see nothing that suggests any systemic change will come out of the failed thing it has become. All we're seeing is lots of attempted bolstering of that broken system, much bailing out, lots of excuses, buck passing and most shockingly a very real desire to maintain the status quo. Why would we want to maintain a system that is so detrimental to our future existence? I'm not over egging the pudding here by the way, we're on the brink of an environmental crisis born out of our corporate world that will make our global financial woes pale into utter insignificance. And yet here we are, to quote the brilliant environmentaist David Susuzki "We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit".


I'm not sure what can be done to rescue our precarious planetary position. As a father I want to believe that there is still time to make some mistakes and that my children will have the good sense to shake off the bonds of risk aversion and mediocrity and learn where we have been goning wrong. Sadly my generation and the ones before them have not bought my children much time, and whether or not there's enough time left to rack up some useful 'failure cycles' goodness only knows. Nature embraces failure and change because all it really 'wants' is to be balanced. If as a species we can understand that concept then perhaps we will start to emulate the very clever 400 million year old earthly system for survival and carry it forward as our own strategy for life and maybe even a free market socioeconomic strategy that's perfectly in tune with our planetary home! Any other way would mean a kind of failure there's no coming back from, corporate suicide followed swifty by our species extinction for sure! 

New York Times Visit Our Studio

Posted by Eccleston George Team on June 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Photo: Daniel showing Senior Editor Desiree Shoe how to French Knit a giant intestine.

This last week was a strange week in many ways. Not least because at the begining of the week we had a call from the New York Times asking if they could send their London based journalist down to meet us at our studio.

We had a great day with Senior Editor Desiree Shoe, showing her around our studio and talking about the multi-layers of our work.  She was blown away by the beautiful bay in which it sits and of course was very keen to see our National Poo Museum exhibition which is currenly on display nextdoor at the Isle of Wight Zoo.

As soon as we hear from NYT and get the heads-up about the article that should follow
we'll let you know.

Flying High With Art at Airport

Posted by Eccleston George Team on June 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Our latest sculptural project has been propelled into action at Sandown Airport on the Isle of Wight. We've been commissioned by the new owner of the airport to make a circular decorative floor, at the centre the of this sculpted hardstanding there will be large firepit making it perfect for outdoor music events and the like. The commission came to us as part of new owner Danial Subhani's exciting and ambitious plan to create the worlds first AeroResort at the airport.

We'll keep you posted with progress on this one!

Choc-a-block!

Posted by Eccleston George Team on June 11, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for being patient with us folks! We're very flattered by the incredible demand that's occured for our services this year. We are of course open for project bookings in 2017 so just let us know if you got anything in mind for us.....

NATIONAL POO MUSEUM

Posted by Eccleston George Team on May 31, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So who is behind the National Poo Museum? Well we have to confess that it's us!!

And, it would be true to say that nobody is more suprised than us at the global response to our very strange project! http://www.poomuseum.org/

BBC story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35957829

Metro http://metro.co.uk/2016/03/21/theres-a-national-poo-museum-opening-in-britain-to-celebrate-the-wonders-of-excrement-5766552/

Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/british-poo-poop-museum_us_5702d283e4b0a06d58069a45

ITV News http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-03/national-poo-museum-opens-at-isle-of-wight-zoo/

In fact just Google it to see how far around the world it went!! https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=national+poo+museum

By the way our very fine resin encapsulated poo collection is available for hire.....contact us to find out more...


NaturePlay Space is underway

Posted by Eccleston George Team on May 10, 2016 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we started on an exciting Aretcology project in the form of a NaturePlay Space. NatuePlay Spaces are design to make public green areas accessable to  people, habitatable for nature and fun for families too.


This latest project commssioned by Spectrum Housing is being created in Cowes, Isle of Wight and will take the form of  a fantastically interactive play area in a small communual green space that will provide kids with an unbeatable nature encounter.

Artecology allows life to find a way.

Posted by Eccleston George Team on May 8, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Off the back of our succesful 'Shelving the Coast'  Vertipool project we're now taking our Artecology priciples to many other built environments. Our Artecology remit comes with a simple question - Why build anything in the public realm that doesn't work for nature and people alike?

We're currently looking at an array public realm projects that feature coastal defences, urban & rural built architecture, including housing developments and public spaces. Infact we're researching the benifits of Artecology wherever man-made infrastucture exists or is being proposed for future development.

Based in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, Artecology is collaboration between our own artists and ecologists from Arc Consulting. We are currently partnering with Bournemouth Univesity, Glasgow University, Oxford University, The Royal Society, Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight AONB and an array of local schools and community groups.



Blue Right Through Concrete at last!

Posted by Eccleston George Team on May 7, 2016 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes indeed, at last we've done it...we've successfully made blue concrete! Using Natural Cement we're now able to create any concrete colour under the sun and because it's made using Natural Cement it's much more eco-friendly than ordinary concrete.....in fact its carbon footprint is in line with lime renders making our blue concrete pretty green!

Make friends with us on Facebook.

Posted by Eccleston George Team on June 13, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Wondering what we're up to? Follow us on Facebook and stay completely up to date with all things Eccleston George. Catch up with stories, photos and updates on what we doing with school projectsand community projects. Get up to speed with Shelving the Coast. Find out about our most ambitious project ever called Imagination Refinery.


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Chale Trail is very much up and running!!

Posted by Eccleston George Team on February 26, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Chail Trail is a social, environmental and local economy project that we've devised and are currently delivering in the parish of Chale Isle of Wight. Sponsored by the Southern Housing Group, and the Isle of Wight AONB Partnership , the project is centred around working across the community of Chale in all it's glorious social diversity to create a walking trail that circumnavigates the entire parish. The trail will feature six special sculpted seats, each themed to the location that they will be in and designed & made with the Chale villagers. Hop over to our NewHive blog to see photos and more info.....

https://newhive.com/ecclestongeorge/the-making-of-the-chale-trail-26-aug-2014


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