Henry Castle: Hare Hill 2012
In a gap in the boundary wall of Jupiter Artland an exact replica of a bomb carried by a Junkers 88 sits on a black granite plinth. The softness of the rubber bomb contrasts to the hardness of the granite to give the bomb a tactile and benign quality, which almost denies it of its essential nature. From this position, the Pentland Hills form an atmospheric and distant backdrop to the profile of the bomb.
Two bronze planes connect the two sites, these bronzes are cast from models of Junkers 88. One is mounted in the boundary wall close to the bomb and the second bronze I buried somewhere not too far from the crash site. The thought of a complete plane buried in the hill as opposed to the cairns of twisted and mangled fuselage of the original one, visible on the surface, holds a certain poetry for me.
Henry was born in Bath in 1987. Educated in Wiltshire he went on to study at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham (2006-7), gaining a distinction in Foundation Studies and on to Wimbledon School of Art (2007-2010). Henry graduated with a 1st class honours degree and was the joint winner of the final years Landmark Sculpture Prize.
After being invited into a number of group shows in London galleries, on the strength of his degree show he was invited to exhibit in the Anticipation Exhibition at Selfridges, showcasing the best of London’s graduates and selected by Kay Saatchi and. Shortly after he became the recipient of Jupiter Artland’s 2010 summer residency, which had been open to all recent graduates of the University of the Arts London colleges. At the end of the residency Henry put forward his proposal for a piece of work, which responded to the theme of ‘A Sense of Place’, and ‘Hare Hill’ was installed in the spring of 2012.
This piece reinforce’s Henry’s interest in making work which is a direct response to a personal experience of being in particular places in the landscape from Cornwall to the Isle of Skye. His work usually has a poetic narrative behind it, and the formal language of sculpture and materials is equally important to the concepts, which give the work its reason for being.
Henry lives and works in London.