Richard Harris was the first resident artist at Grizedale Forest in 1977. Since then he has worked on projects in both rural and urban situations, including in Europe, Australia, Japan and Cuba.
Major commissions include ‘Bottle Bank’ at Gateshead; ‘Passage Paving’ in London; ‘Meeting Ground’ in Manchester; ‘Walking with the Sea’ in Llanelli – a large earthwork; ‘Meeting Place’ at the Senedd, Cardiff; and ‘Jurassic Stones’ for the 2015 Olympics in Weymouth.
My work aims to be sensitive to the needs of the place and the people that use it. The sculpture does not solely work as a visual image, but is there for people to experience, unfolding as they come into contact with it, creating a space that is symbiotic with its surroundings, yet 'beyond' a bridge between the physical and the spiritual. We all see the world in our own way. We each carry our own reality around with us – this interacts and connects with the personal realities of others.