2 metres high and 1.2 metres wide this sculpture was made to replicate the appearance and function of a (familiar to some) piece of British landscape furniture - the stile. It has been exhibited in the gallery environment with ASC Gallery and more recently was situated in Battersea Park as part of a Pump House Gallery exhibition, May 2017, where the public were invited to participate both physically with the sculpture and conversationally with myself.
A stile directs you, taking you back to the path, to an exit or an entrance. Finding a stile when you are feeling lost or unsure of the path is the source of a huge relief of tension. Representing a crossing point, with positive purpose; stiles are there to help, they are there to facilitate movement between spaces, and by design, are two way. The work represents a form of hospitality in the landscape, something worth highlighting at a time when rights to move freely within the EU and beyond are in the process of being taken away.
The works title is in reference to the 'Ha ha' a ditch dug around wealthy country estates in order to give the illusion of endlessness whilst providing the functionality of preventing livestock entering in to the estate. Cheap Laughs (the stile) is the more economical version of the Ha ha.