Publication: Accouter’s Top Ten Design Heroes
Considered one of the UK’s most inventive sculptors, Charles Hadcock’s monumental pieces are among London’s few contemporary public sculptures, adding richness to the city’s streets.
His originality lies in the idiosyncratic fusion of his engineering skills, mathematical ﬂuency, interest in geology and passion for music. This mix of creative ability and technical knowledge emerges as dynamic, organic abstract forms.
Inspired by the juxtaposition between natural and manmade worlds, his sculptures echo ammonites and seashells as well as machinery components and turbines. His mathematical ability is evident in enabling a leaping curve to hang mid-air and in calculating identical twisting segments, yet his work appears unrestrained and vital. He has been commissioned by various public and corporate bodies including Cass Sculpture Foundation, Canary Wharf Group PLC, and StJames Homes Ltd.
Charles is also recognised as an entrepreneurial businessman and role model for the creative industries having established The Watermark and The Benchmark — creative hubs, combining ofﬁce space and artist studios, that encourage and develop both up and coming and established talent. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Queen’s Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion in 2007 and the following year was made a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.