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A pioneering experimental object maker until 1989, Andrew Sabin produced his first major installation for the Chisenhale Gallery in East London. This was followed in 1990 by the Sea of Sun installation, an important element in the inaugural exhibition of European sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute which subsequently travelled to museums in Lausanne and Lisbon. In 1997 he made the final part of his trilogy of installations, The Open Sea, at the Henry Moore Sculpture Studio in Halifax.
The Coldstones Cut, 2010
In 1998, combining extensive experience of the two poles of sculpture making (object and installation) Sabin devised the C-bin project and worked with fellow sculptor Stefan Shankland to realise it around the coastline of Europe. The success of this as an approach to sculpture in the public realm led to his appointment as Lead Artist in a series of large scale projects in both urban and rural contexts. Sabin was lead artist at the Horsebridge Development in Whitstable from 2001-3 and Lead Artist on the River Wandle Cycle Route from 2002-5. In 2006 he designed and built the infamous Calibrated Ramp for Bracknell Forest Council.
In 2006 he began work on The Coldstones Cut which opened in September 2010 since when it has attracted over 30,000 visitors to the Yorkshire Dales and won a number of awards including the Marsh award for Excellence in Public Sculpture. He is presently working on a new public work for the Henry Moore courtyard on the site of the old Chelsea School of Art, London alongside the research and development for this ambitious new landmark work for Grizedale Forest.
Andrew Sabin speaking as part of the art roots commissioning programme at Grizedale Forest, led by Forestry Commission England