London-based installation artist Stuart Haygarth has that peculiar knack for perceiving inherent beauty in discarded stuff. Through his sheer talent and exquisite craftsmanship, he morphs trash into imposing works of art. One such installation, dubbed as Strand, currently stands proud at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Center. The suspended installation is made from trashed toys, gloves, shoes, combs, buoys, disposable lighters, fibreglass from boats, brushes, floor vinyl, handles, balls, packaging, lids from containers, balls, artificial flowers, fishing equipment, spades, babies’ dummies, plastic buckets and wheels. The artist gleaned the random, recycled stuff along the 500-mile coastal trek from Gravesend to Land’s End.
Haygarth was commissioned by the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to create his sculptural work. The vibrant sculpture takes recycling to its next, higher level. Featuring fine metal wires to support suspended items, the installation now welcomes visitors at the the ground floor atrium space of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, Huntley Street, London WC1E 6AG. Here visitors may also see large photographs depicting discarded stuff Haygarth collected to create his installation.