Engineering art

Ken Battrick, centre with an image of Salvador Dali, and some of his team of engineers

A small engineering company that specialises in profiling and fabrication is becoming the go-to business for artists, sculptors and designers.

Accujet Ltd, based in Upton, near Poole in Dorset, has created art installations and sculptures that are on prominent display around the country.

Well-known artists including Luke Jerram, Tom Hiscocks and Stuart Semple take their concepts to the team at Accujet which turns them into reality.

Drinking Horse, Tom Hiscocks

Drinking Horse, Tom Hiscocks

Many Become One, Tom Hiscocks

Many Become One, Tom Hiscocks

The company was set up ten years ago by Ken Battrick who had no idea that within a decade a third of his growing business would be in the art and design sector.

Ken said: “I sold my house and bought a Waterjet cutting machine, it was 2009 and the country was in recession.

“I envisaged working as a subcontractor for other engineering firms and that’s how we started.

“Then we got our first art commission from Dorset-based maze maker Adrian Fisher and from then on our reputation grew and we started to take on other commissions – often at very short notice.

“We bought a second waterjet machine and hired another engineer who has experience in graphic design and 3D modelling. Later we invested in our own laser-cutting machine and fabrication department.

“Accujet is now a team of seven and we have taken over three units on the Upton Industrial Estate.

Ken Battrick of Accujet whose engineering business has moved into the art world

“The art side of things is something we really want to develop further. In engineering you never really see the end product.

“But with art I can go and see a piece of work that we have made for an artist and be proud of it.

“Artists choose to work with us because we are able to understand their concepts and designs and show enthusiasm for their work.

“Projects we have been involved with include The Edinburgh Gates for 1 Hyde Park, a 30 metre long Cor-Ten steel replica of the old walls in Southampton for the Bow Square development and a seven metre high mosaic for Oundle School, near Peterborough.

The Edinburgh Gates for 1 Hyde Park

Installing the project that recreates Southampton’s city walls

Putting up the Southampton Walls sculpture

Southampton Walls. Courtesy of ‘a space’ arts. Photo credit: Simon Griggs

Southampton Walls Courtesy of ‘a space’ arts. Photo credit Simon Griggs

Southampton Walls. Courtesy of ‘a space’ arts. Photo credit Simon Griggs

Southampton Walls. Courtesy of ‘a space’ arts. Photo credit Simon Griggs

Southampton Walls. Courtesy of ‘a space’ arts. Photo credit Simon Griggs

“British installation artist Luke Jerram asked us to work on his pixelated statue Maya, that was on display at Temple Meads railway station and we recently made a wonderful 8ft copper horse’s head for Tom Hiscocks that has been displayed at Newbury and Ascot racecourses.

Maya – by Luke Jerrarm pic by Farrows Creative

Maya – by Luke Jerrarm pic by Farrows Creative

Ken Battrick with the brief for one sculpture

The Man Size Mouse Trap for Stuart Semple – in Accujet’s unit

The Man Size Mouse Trap for Stuart Semple – outside Accujet’s unit

Commissioned by artist Stuart Semple, The Syrup Room agency installed a sculpture of his vision – a promotional artwork to catch Anish Kapoor (Stuart’s nemesis artist) and to promote the release of his black 3.0 paint. The artwork was displayed in Covent Garden for a week whilst Stuart’s Kickstarter campaign was running – Man size Mouse Trap.

Commissioned by artist Stuart Semple, The Syrup Room agency installed a sculpture of his vision – a promotional artwork to catch Anish Kapoor (Stuarts nemesis artist) and to promote the release of his black 3.0 paint. The artwork was displayed in Covent Garden for a week whilst Stuarts Kickstarter campaign was running – Man size Mouse Trap.

“Increasingly we are working with very contemporary design agencies – something I could never have believed when I started Accujet.”

A Co-op advert being made

A Co-op advert

Part of an installation for Southampton – the signs tell what has happened on the site over its long history

Part of an installation for Southampton – the signs tell what has happened on the site over its long history

Amy Winehouse – made by Accujet’s engineers

Another piece of work leaves the workshop

Southampton pre-war street map, Queensway. Artist Chris Jenkins

 

Notes to editors: Accujet was founded by Ken Battrick from Wareham, Dorset, in 2009. It began using water jet machines to cut metal and now works with laser technology as well. While most clients are engineering firms, one third of its business is working for artists and sculptors. Accujet is based on the Upton Industrial Estate in Upton, Dorset.

 

For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965