Giles Rayner has been creating water sculptures since 1998 for both private and public settings, at first around the UK, but now increasingly internationally, with designs located in Europe, the Middle East, the US, and Asia. His focus on the use of water has added an extra dimension to his wide and varied portfolio.
Though other materials feature, he specialises in using copper, stainless steel, and bronze, often at a significant scale, to create imaginative and highly individual designs, which combine energy and intrigue with simple aesthetic beauty. The use of moving water in so many of his concepts empowers each design with real life to capture the senses, either in dramatic or conversely more peaceful fashion. All work is underscored by a desire to fit timelessly with the surrounding landscape and architecture.
In technical terms, the designs combine old skills and new innovative thinking, producing sometimes challenging ‘organic’ patterns of energy, or precise and innovative pieces of work that, until recently, would not have been possible. These artworks are designed to stand the test of time in both aesthetic and physical terms. They can be found around the world set with a host of different backdrops, ranging from rural historical gardens, through to modern city landscapes, and from dramatic mountainous scenery to cutting-edge interior design.
Most sculptures are individual commissions, but limited editions or variations on some of the existing designs can be made. Giles is passionate about creating designs that are integral to their setting and travels both nationally and internationally in order to install pieces and to study sites for new concepts.