SECOND ASCENT DESIGNS
Upcycling old rock climbing rope. Taking rope from 3 years to 100+ Stewardship, experimentation and craftsmanship drive my work.
Mark Heffley (b. 1979-)
Is an artist and climber whose art aims to give retired climbing gear a second ascent. An average climbing rope lasts from 3 to 5 years, and then is discarded for safety reasons. Mark sees these ropes as a medium to create stunning pieces of functional and decorative art. These works preserve the emotional power of the rope and what it represents – the life-saving link between two climbers. They also represent the artist’s engagement with environmental causes, preserving the ropes for centuries to come. His creative process is made even more fulfilling by choosing complex projects that incorporate as much math, engineering and science into each piece. Hopefully creating things that make people think, last generations, and save a dolphin or two.