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David Harber

Born in: 1957

United Kingdom

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Biography

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.

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