Born in 1957 - United Kingdom
Since 1992, David Harber’s custom-built sundials, sculptures and water features have worked their magic on fine homes and gardens around the world. Designed and built in Oxfordshire in the shadow of a Bronze Age hill fort, each piece stands as an original work of art, created either as a one-off response to a unique creative brief or as a personalised edition of a classic David Harber design.
As the direct descendant of one of Elizabethan England’s best-known dialists, David is inspired by the elemental interaction of light, landscape and water, and uses contemporary three-dimensional design to celebrate unpredictability, illusion and the recurring patterns of passing time. Using materials such as brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone, he creates every piece not only for the individual who commissions it, but also as a gift to succeeding generations.
Works by David Harber are included in collections around the UK and abroad, from private gardens to corporate headquarters. Works by David Harber regularly win awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
For those still seeking the unique in a mass-produced world, David and his team of craftsmen provide a rare combination of originality, quality and one-to-one personal service, from first design to final installation. Whether it’s celebrating a special occasion or simply transforming an empty space into the centre of attention, a David Harber commission is something you can truly claim as your own – now and forever.
Educated at Dartington Hall School, one of the most artistic schools of the time, David Harber worked as an apprentice thatcher, a potter, and a professional mountaineer before converting a Dutch barge into a travelling theatre and arts centre and touring the waterways of Europe. His career as an outdoor sculptor began when Jeremy Irons bought his first armillary sundial. David lives in Oxfordshire and is married to Sophie. He has four children: Celeste, Maya, Freya and Romany.
When not pursuing another passion – aviation – he is to be found at the family’s renovated lemon farm in Sicily.
Al Rawdha Palace, Bahrain
Axis Business Park, Slough
Barratt Bristol Ltd
Bermondsey Exchange, London
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Brooklands Museum, Surrey
Churchill Hospital, Oxford
Citroen UK Headquarters
Clerk to the Haberdashers' Hall, London
Downing College, Cambridge
English Heritage for The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday
ESRI, Berkeley, California, USA
Eton Aggregates for Eton College Dorney Rowing Lake
Fregate Island, Seychelles
George Harrison Tribute Garden, Chelsea
Global Banking Corporation, Bahrain
Goodenough College, London
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Grosvenor Gardens, London
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls
Jesus College, Oxford
Keble College, Oxford
King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Lakeland Trust and Investment Bank, Chicago
Magdalen College, Oxford
Merchant Taylor’s Company, London
Midas Homes Ltd
One° 15 Marina Club, Singapore
Ossis Property Developers BSC, Bahrain
Pedrosa Commercial Centre, Barcelona
Penny Brohn Cancer Hospital, Bristol
Pfizer European Headquarters
Princeton university, Princeton
Raffles Hotel, Dubai
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport
Royal College of Psychiatrists, London
RHS Garden, Wisley
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell
Saïd Business School, Oxford
Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5
St Cross College, Oxford
St George PLC
St Paul's School, London
Stamford Homes Ltd
Stone Crest Homes
Stowe School/The National Trust
Sunrise Senior Living
The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, London
The Guildhall of Corpus Christi, Lavenham
The Hyatt Hotel, Birmingham
The Junior Kings School, Kent
The Phillimores, London
Trinity College, Cambridge
Trinity College, Oxford
Try Homes Ltd
University of London
University of Nottingham
Winchester City Council
Wellcome Trust, Cambridge
Winchester City Council
Wycombe Abbey School
Zabeel Park, Dubai
Zoological Society of London, Regents Park
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