If you were to Google search Leigh Dyer, you would be presented with two options – fictional, busty blonde Baywatch babe, or incredibly talented Hastings’ metal sculptor – This Is Hastings caught up with the latter for a quick natter …
Walking around Hastings and St Leonards, you would be hard pressed not to have seen examples of Leigh’s metal handiwork – with large metal creatures adorning Butler’s Gap, Porters Wine Bar, Queen’s Arcade and the Dragon Bar to name but a few, as well as countless gates (Trinity Wholefoods), fittings (Capsule) and railings (Hastings Arms)
Completely self-taught, Leigh (aka Incurva (meaning the inside of a shell)) has been working with metal since 1998, having studied exhibition and interior design at Hastings College.
His first piece of public sculpture can be found in the middle of a lake in the woods running behind Hastings Museum, with other rural works located in the Peace Gardens in Alexandra Park, and the aforementioned Clover Tree in the Old Town.
One of his latest works (having taken over a year to complete) is the giant Winkle now adorning Winkle Island in The Old Town.
Although visually emphatic pieces from a distance, there are plenty of hidden details to be found for those inclined to look – with a number of the Octopus’ tentacle suckers made from 50p pieces, as well as numerous unique elements to the surrounding railings in Butler’s Gap (chain twists, pineapple twists, dice etc)
Besides future plans of world domination / peace, and looking after puppies, Leigh is looking to work on more personal, spontaneous projects (thus avoiding the many hindrances that public health and safety entales).
Leigh also hinted at the exceptionally exciting prospect of an upcoming exhibition at the Dragon Bar in November!
Photos courtesy of Dave Reading.