St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
The most extraordinary place on earth.....
After two years on St Helena Andy held a one man show in the National Museum of St Helena. he is shown here (r) along with three Captains of the RMS St Helena. The ship and its predecessors have provided an umbilical cord to the Island, but the much loved service will cease when an airport opens on the Island in the next few years. Andy was commissioned by the Arts and Crafts Association of St Helena to produce a painting to mark the occasion and as a token of appreciation for the service of 'the RMS'.
Signed, limited edition First Day Cover
The exhibition resulted in the St Helena Government publishing four of the paintings as postage stamps as well as a First Day Cover.
50 of the limited edition have been given out as gifts while another 50 are available as framed signed, postdated and numbered editions.
This view of Main Street, Jamestown is to be sold by Grosvenor Auctioneers of The Strand, London on March 17th 2016 with all proceeds going towards good causes on St Helena.
SOLD AT AUCTION
This stamp original shows a typical Main Street house, with corrugated iron roof and balcony and the rugged volcanic backdrop of Jamestown.
Essex House, Jamestown
Andy's workplace for two and a half years, graced by the red and white stripes of Southampton Football Club. Well, not really SFC, but it makes you feel at home. And given that St Helenians call themselves 'Saints' those stripes make sense.
RMS at Anchor (2013)
The cliffs of the Island dive steeply into the South Atlantic and so ships must moor half a mile out. In choppy seas this means that it can be a hairy transfer on a flat bottomed boat to the harbour. Cruise liner passengers get barely any time to experience the wonders of the Island and then can be held up by choppy seas. While the airport will mean the sad end of the RMS, it will open up the Island to tourism.
A Celebration of the RMS St Helena (2014)
See above - produced for the St Helena Arts and Crafts Association to mark the service of the current RMS St Helena, the former RMS St Helena and the Southampton Castle to the Island.
A Rare Landscape (2013)
What it says on the tin!
Main Street, Jamestown (2012)
An early painting which didn't make it as a stamp
Tres Hombres (2017)
Jamestown's ancient 12 berth prison was looked after by the imposing Nicky, Martin and Mark.
Main Street West Elevation (2015)
A private commission which provided a leaving present for another expat passing through the Island
The Castle and Seafront, Jamestown
A private commission, a birthday present for one of many expats who have passed through the Island. For many including Andy it was the most memorable, enjoyable, surreal times of their lives.
A Hilltown for St Helena
In 2014-2015 Andy worked with the excellent young British/French architecture practice NimTim Charabanc to produce the third of three development masterplans for St Helena. It provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new hilltown, overlooking Jamestown and the Atlantic.
'The Island has an incredible heritage of scientific importance, visited by Darwin and as a base, with its excellent dark skies, for the work of astonomers Halley and Maskeleyne. It was here that Halley created the first map of the Southern skies and where his observations of the transit of Mercury across the Sun helped define just how incredibly far the earth was from it's star. A hilltown topped by a modern observatory stood out as the ideal focus for this new settlement.'
The idea was developed by NimTim Charabanc into a study centre with student accommodation and, with a touch of genius, the use of a natural ampitheatre for lectures and live entertainment during the Island's many dry months. The housing density reduces from student/holiday accommodation to family housing lower down the hillside. The housing is all to high eco and mobility standard based upon a new Island exemplar created by Andy and a St Helena drawing office.
'While our other masterplans focus upon meeting the housing needs of Saints at Bottom Wood and Half Tree Hollow, this development should create a completely new source of employment for the Island. As a conference centre and overseas campus for graduate students it would be an enoromus draw.'
To see the concept document please open the pdf attachment (above).
Sadly the delay to the opening of the Island's new airport means that the new housing has had to wait, but Andy is determined that this specific project will not be forgotten and that one day a new hilltown will grace the Island.