Nick Sayers

Artist
Nick Sayers (artist)
Brighton, UK
I am an artist and maker based in Brighton, UK. I make art inspired by physics, geometry and astronomy ā€“ often using everyday or recycled materials to make these abstract subjects tangible, relatable and fun. My work includes drawing machines made from bicycles and spherical sculptures made from mass-produced materials. I have given workshops at schools and science events, and exhibited internationally in countries including Canada and Uzbekistan.
Baku New Year Tree
Baku New Year Tree
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IDEA Public Union, Yarat Gallery, Nick Sayers
2013
In December 2013, I was commissioned to make a New Year Tree in Baku ā€“ capital of Azerbaijan ā€“ by IDEA Public Union, an environmental awareness campaign. The structure was made from over 2,000 green and white recycled plastic bottles, held together with cable ties in a triangular pattern. The design was inspired by islamic tiling and architecture, and by mathematical beading structures Iā€™d seen at Bridges conferences. The conic shape was formed by making two connected triangular meshes of bottles joined at the sides (3, 4 or 5 meshes joined together would have made successively shallower cones). For the construction process, we were assisted by local students. The mesh of bottles was supported by a metal framework made at a local steelworks.