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.

About

About

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.

1998

City and Guilds, Foundation art course in London.

1999

First small scale water sculpture sold.

1999-2002

BA Hons Fine Art - Sculpture, Kingston.

Education

Education

Whilst exploring the many aspects of Oman, Giles was struck by how well the modern architecture fits in harmony with the more traditional past. The people are so noble and welcoming and they embrace you with their enduring culture. This is a captivating place of clean imaginative style, enchanting history and warm dignity, all set in a backdrop of a stunning landscape.

Giles found himself particularly inspired by two new buildings, the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the majestic Royal Opera House. The design of Arches is Giles’ aim to extend this beauty to the location in the gardens, retaining the qualities of simplicity and elegance of the Royal Opera House, but at the same time providing a significant stand-alone feature.

Water and sculpture complement each other, and when combined with strong sunlight the result is sensational. Sunlight, so often lacking in the northern climates, is an ingredient for which an artist yearns, especially when working with materials such as stainless steel. The Sultanate of Oman has these qualities in abundance so Giles was delighted by the possibility, as an artist, of creating a water sculpture in this beautiful country.

Early Career

Early Career

Understanding the landscape and external environment is fundamental to Giles’ design philosophy. His resulting sculptures are created to enhance the landscape without dominating, complementing whilst enriching. Giles has always maintained a string passion for the outdoors and for natural beauty and these influences can be seen in his work.

Early Career

Understanding the landscape and external environment is fundamental to Giles’ design philosophy. His resulting sculptures are created to enhance the landscape without dominating, complementing whilst enriching. Giles has always maintained a string passion for the outdoors and for natural beauty and these influences can be seen in his work.

2000

First display piece (the rotating Nebula V1) as shown on Channel 4 opening night at Chelsea Flower show.

Nebula

Nebula

2000
First display piece (the rotating Nebula V1) as shown on Channel 4 opening night at Chelsea Flower show.

Vesuvius

Vesuvius

2001
First large commission with ‘Vesuvius’ Stainless steel garden arches built for garden designer Penelope Hobhouse’s own home, as featured in her biography.

2001

First large commission with ‘Vesuvius’ Stainless steel garden arches built for garden designer Penelope Hobhouse’s own home, as featured in her biography.

2002

Designs including the 18ft ‘Twister’ (V1) at East Ruston Old Vicarage. First export to New York - private collector. Named Vortex. Graduation from Kingston summer 2002, start of work until end of 2003 at workshop in Greenford.

Twister

Twister

2002
Designs including the 18ft ‘Twister’ (V1) at East Ruston Old Vicarage. First export to New York - private collector. Named Vortex. Graduation from Kingston summer 2002, start of work until end of 2003 at workshop in Greenford.

Exhibitions & Press

Exhibitions & Press

Water is at the heart of Giles’ sculptures. He harnesses its energy, beauty an intrigue and uses it to empower his sculptures. Giles deploys a number of ways to divine its potential, through converging jets, powerful vortices, surface tension, kinetics and natural gravity.

2003

‘Golden Spiral’ design exhibited in Xa Tollemache’s Chelsea Show Garden.

2003

Installation of the first incarnation of ‘Topiary’ at Castle Hill, Devon. Giles appears as the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Sunday Times Magazine.

Topiary

Topiary

2003
Installation of the first incarnation of ‘Topiary’ at Castle Hill, Devon. Giles appears as the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Sunday Times Magazine.

Singing Tree

Singing Tree

2004
‘Singing Tree’ installed at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock.

2004

‘Singing Tree’ installed at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock.

2004

‘Giant Spiral’ installed at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock.

Giant Spiral

Giant Spiral

2004
‘Giant Spiral’ installed at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock.

Grail

Grail

2004
‘Grail’ installed at Kirtling Hall

2004

‘Grail’ installed at Kirtling Hall

2005

Article in Country Life. ‘Twiggy’ installed at Canonteign, Devon.

Twiggy

Twiggy

2005
Article in Country Life. ‘Twiggy’ installed at Canonteign, Devon. First incarnation of ‘Charybdis’ unveiled in Windsor Great Park

Charybdis

Charybdis

2005
First incarnation of ‘Charybdis’ unveiled in Windsor Great Park

2005

First incarnation of ‘Charybdis’ unveiled in Windsor Great Park

Art Meets Maths

Many of Giles’ designs require mathematical precision for both the sculpture and water flow, enhancing the aesthetics and creating a wonderful energy. The geometric form that encompasses much of Giles’ works has its roots in both nature and architecture.

Art Meets Maths

Art Meets Maths

Art meets Maths – many of Giles’ designs require mathematical precision for both the sculpture and water flow, enhancing the aesthetics and creating a wonderful energy. The geometric form that encompasses much of Giles’ works has its roots in both nature and architecture.

Coriolis

Coriolis

2006
The complex and somewhat ambitious ‘Coriolis’ installed at Elton Hall. First ‘Pagoda’ design unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show.

2006

The complex and somewhat ambitious ‘Coriolis’ installed at Elton Hall. First ‘Pagoda’ design unveiled at Chelsea Flower Show.

2007

The mirrored Stainless Steel ‘Serpents’, which were later to influence the design of ‘Arches’, created for Corsock House in Scotland. New 6ft diameter ‘Whirlpool’ created, to influence future designs.

Serpents

Serpents

2007
The mirrored Stainless Steel ‘Serpents’, which were later to influence the design of ‘Arches’, created for Corsock House in Scotland. New 6ft diameter ‘Whirlpool’ created, to influence future designs.

Blade

Blade

2008
The 30ft/9m ‘Blade’ installed in Ireland. Recession hits most projects.

2008

The 30ft/9m ‘Blade’ installed in Ireland. Recession hits most projects.

2010

Depth of recession. Designs include 4th incarnation of Nebula and the unusual Phoenix.

Phoenix

Phoenix

2010
The depth of recession. Designs include 4th incarnation of Nebula and the unusual Phoenix.

Tectonic

Tectonic

2011
‘Tectonic’ design shown at Chelsea Flower Show, featured in television interview of artist.

2011

‘Tectonic’ design shown at Chelsea Flower Show, featured in television interview of artist.

2012

Giles arrives in Muscat to view site near Royal Opera House and conceives the design of Arches. New incarnation of Charybdis.

2013

Large 8ft version of Charybdis created.

Charybdis

Charybdis

2013
A large 8ft version of Charybdis created.

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

2014
Rotating 2.6m diameter ‘Neptune’ design unveiled at Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire. Giles creates first solo stand at Chelsea Flower Show.

2014

Rotating 2.6m diameter ‘Neptune’ design unveiled at Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire. Giles creates first solo stand at Chelsea Flower Show.

2015

‘Aspiration’ Sculpture installed at Wesleyan University in Illinois, USA. ‘Whirlpool’ designs of 3 different forms installed in Long Island NY, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Second Incarnation of Twister created

Aspiration

Aspiration

2015
‘Aspiration’ Sculpture installed at Wesleyan University in Illinois, USA. ‘Whirlpool’ designs of 3 different forms installed in Long Island NY, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Second Incarnation of Twister created

Fibonacci Bowl

Fibonacci Bowl

2016
Construction of Arches begun. 8ft Bronze ‘Whirlpool’ design installed in Helsingborg, Sweden. ‘Fibonacci Bowl’ design featured in Nick Bailey’s ‘Winton Beauty of Mathematics’ Chelsea Flower Show Show Garden. At same time Giles exhibits 3 designs in groundbreaking new solo stand design at Chelsea FS.

2016

Construction of Arches begun. 8ft Bronze ‘Whirlpool’ design installed in Helsingborg, Sweden. ‘Fibonacci Bowl’ design featured in Nick Bailey’s ‘Winton Beauty of Mathematics’ Chelsea Flower Show Show Garden. At same time Giles exhibits 3 designs in groundbreaking new solo stand design at Chelsea FS.

2017

Installation of the 40ft/9m ‘Arches’ in Muscat, Oman, largest project to date. Other works created during the year, but by far the dominant feature of the period.

Arches Oman & Recent Work

Arches Oman & Recent Work

2017
Installation of the 40ft/9m ‘Arches’ in Muscat, Oman, largest project to date. Other works created during the year, but by far the dominant feature of the period.

Arches of Oman

Arches of Oman

An interview with Giles Rayner and Julian Glyn-Owen filmed during the installation phase of the Arches of Oman commission. Here they discuss the inspiration for the magnificent water sculpture located in the gardens of the Royal Opera House Muscat and the issues they are tackling in developing a sculpture on this scale and instal

Interview

An interview with Giles Rayner and Julian Glyn-Owen filmed during the installation phase of the Arches of Oman commission. Here they discuss the inspiration for the magnificent water sculpture located in the gardens of the Royal Opera House Muscat and the issues they are tackling in developing a sculpture on this scale and instal

2018

‘Zest’ design featured in the ‘Silent Pool’ Show Garden at Chelsea Flower Show to much press coverage. New ‘Spire’ concept under development.

Spire Design Concept

Spire Design Concept

2018
‘Zest’ design featured in the ‘Silent Pool’ Show Garden at Chelsea Flower Show to much press coverage. New ‘Spire’ concept under development.