William Pye Water Scupture


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Biography: William Pye

  • 1938 - Born London
  • 1958-61 Wimbledon School of Art
  • 1961-65 School of Sculpture, Royal College of Art
  • 1965-1975 Part time teaching sculpture in many institutions, including The Royal College of Art and Central School
  • 1970 First exhibition and subsequent tour of the USA
  • 1975-76 Visiting Professor of Sculpture at California State University
  • Awards: first prize at the Budapest International Sculpture exhibition in 1981, two ABSA awards and the Royal UENO Award in Japan; in 2004 a Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
  • Honorary Fellow of the RIBA
  • President of the Hampshire Sculpture Trust

Exhibitions in Brazil (Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro), Venice (Peggy Guggenheim Museum), U.S.A., Hong Kong, Japan and Italy, and many in the U.K.

William Pye started his career as a sculptor working mainly in stainless steel and cast bronze, and since the nineteen eighties water has become an integral element of most of his work.

He is inspired by the extraordinary qualities of water and fascinated by the natural laws of hydrostatics and how these can be manipulated. His work is found in public places, private gardens and corporate clients internationally.

Selection of milestone works:

  • Two fountains for Dumfries House, Scotland, 2014
  • Two vortex water sculptures in Muscat (Oman) and Campinas (Brazil), 2012
  • Large water feature 'Vannpaviljong' for Drammen’s town centre (Norway) in 2011
  • A new font for Salisbury Cathedral in 2008
  • Eight pieces in the Serpent Garden at Alnwick Castle in 2005
  • Three pieces in the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, 2007
  • Water Wall at the British Pavilion, Seville Expo 1992
  • Slipstream and Jetstream at Gatwick Airport North Terminal, 1987
  • Zemran on London South Bank, 1971