A HEREFORDSHIRE engineer and sculptor is going global after his latest work was commissioned by a town in the United States.

Will Carr studied engineering at university before starting as a sculptor ten years ago at the family farm near Weobley, and has been making kinetic sculptures for the past five years.

Using stainless steel, Mr Carr creates intricate, large scale pieces of contemporary art for installation in public spaces, private gardens, and sculpture exhibitions.


Sparks flying in the workshop

Sparks flying in the workshop


His latest work "Fluidity" is currently on public display in the town of Newport News in the US state of Virginia.


Standing at 6.5 metres high, the sculpture is Mr Carr's biggest and most ambitious to date.

He said: "I worked with the engineers out there, to create a strong enough structure for their wind loading regulations and I was really pleased with how it turned out."

Kinetic sculptures are sculptures in which movement is a basic element, using either air or water currents to power them.

Mr Carr uses the wind to create movement in his creations.

He first hit upon the idea while he was indulging in one of his favourite hobbies.

"One of my favourite ways to pass the time is paragliding," he said.

"This gave me a good understanding of the weather, of turbulence, and how the wind reacts to an object.

"Combined with my engineering background, this led me to progress from static structures to sculptures that move in the wind."


Will Carr welding another piece of metal for one his creations

Will Carr welding another piece of metal for one his creations


Representatives from German car giant Audi visited Mr Carr's workshop a few weeks ago to produce a video, comparing his sculptures to the engineering involved in making the company's range of cars.

He said: "That was pretty exciting to have my work compared in any way to the great engineering that goes in to those cars."

Mr Carr said that creating art that interacts with the environment is a passion that he puts into every one of his creations, combining maths and science with the natural world.

"I want to connect people with nature through my sculptures." he said.

"I try to take the invisible force of the wind that you cant see and make it tangible and visible, to help people appreciate the beauty of nature and interact with their surroundings."