Bronze Natural History
An 11cm high bronze badger maquette, a small cub sized version of the life sized badger I'm working on. Persecuted is looking over her shoulder in these worrying times of wide spread badger culling & wildlife crime in the UK.
Persecuted is a limited edition of 50 & the
6th of the edition is available from my studio,
with the 7th, 8th and 9th available from my stockists.
£1150 plus postage or shipping. Check availability.
Badger peers over her shoulder, uncertain whether it is safe to come out of the sett, during a government-led persecution of a protected species in the UK. Despite overwhelming public opposition, the British government seeks to appeal to the hunting & farming lobby for votes. Every British scientist opposes this killing on humaneness & scientific grounds, & yet still more badger cull roll outs happen every year, at great cost to the wider ecology of the coastal West Country, & to large-scale suffering of the badgers themselves. Removing one of our remaining ‘top predators’ displaces the whole ecosystem, giving a catastrophic ‘Badger Trophic Cascade’, affecting ground nesting song birds & waders. This continued badger cull will see both localised extinctions of badgers, & a fundamental change to their social structure, & will also lead to the extinctions of countless other species in the South West of the UK.
'Persecuted' being patinated.
A short video (1 minute 2 seconds) showing the noisy but painstaking patination process. It takes several hours to patinate a badger because of the detail and care needed to do it well.
Female Red Kite
A 49cm high life sized Female Red Kite in limited edition patinated foundry bronze. This sculpture has crisp sharp lines & Art Deco styling, the planes & angles of the bird being reflected in the planes & angles of the rock she sits upon. Female raptors are always bigger than the males & working larger is always more satisfying for me as a sculptor, plus it confounds the viewers perception of power & gender, which I also find satisfying! These magnificent birds have been successfully reintroduced after gamekeepers hunted them to extinction in England.
Limited edition of 12, editions 3 & 4 are available.
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I first saw these birds of prey mixed up with an equally large number of Buzzards, soaring on a thermal over a campsite in Henley Upon Thames. I lay on the grass and watched them, trying to pick out which were which, as they are of a similar size. Because of the colouring of the underside of Red Kites' wings, I quickly discovered they have a hooked line to their wings, (it's an optical illusion), as well as the iconic forked tail, but that they also flew to the same trees as the Buzzards & are also after the same dinners. Figuring there must be some friction there, I designed my Red Kite sculpture to go with the Buzzard as a pair, the Red Kite challenging the Buzzard.
Red Kites are a good example of a successful human induced reintroduction programme. I'm looking forward to the day we have Red Kites here in the
South Hams, giving the local Buzzards a run for their money.
360 Degree view of the Bronze Red Kite
A short 14 second video showing a full 360 degree rotation of the Red Kite patinated bronze.
A 44cm high life sized Female Buzzard in limited edition patinated foundry bronze. I was drawn to this pose as something never usually caught by the naked eye, half way between being relaxed & being very alert. Again as female raptors are always bigger than the males, working larger is more satisfying for me. It also dispels some myths our species hold about
how powerful females of other species are.
Limited edition of 12 (this one 6th of 12), editions 6 & 7 are available.
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This large bird of prey is caught in a moment the naked eye would never see. The Buzzard was relaxed with her shoulders hunched forward and wings slightly open, then, seeing something to her left, her head has snapped round & her left wing tensed, but this split second moment has not followed though to her right wing yet. It is this tension between being relaxed & alert
that drew me to sculpt this pose.
Buzzards are a great example of how wildlife can recover on its own when we stop persecuting them. I never saw a Buzzard until I moved to Devon in my mid 20's, despite growing up rurally in East Anglia & Wiltshire where they had been poisoned out of existence during the 1970's. The first time I saw buzzards a pair of sparring males had locked talons & spiralled from a great height towards the ground & they parted & soared up again just before hitting the ground. It was breathtaking to see. Now I see or hear Buzzards most days, & follow their fortunes along with the rise & fall of the local rabbit populations here
at Coombe Park near Totnes, South Devon.
Now that we have a negative Trophic Cascade caused by the badger cull, we are seeing a rise in the fox population & a corresponding fall in the rabbit & hare populations, which means our buzzards are likely to decline too. I haven't seen any badgers locally for 2 years now, or hares or rabbits either. I'm watching the local impacts closely & will be heartbroken to see any decline in our Buzzard population, as they bring me joy every day.
Buzzards epitomise all that is wild to me.
Wall hanging, life sized patinated Foundry Bronze of a screaming Swift , 17cm / 6.5" long. £1,100 plus postage or shipping.
Only ONE available at this price, (the next batch will cost around £2,200)
6th of a Limited Edition of 50. Check availability.
A life sized Swift, sculpted clinging to the wall & screaming. Patinated in Swift colours but with a simplified style. This is the 6th of a limited edition of 50. It is the last one available at this price as I shall be having
all further Swifts cast a different foundry, & they will cost more.
Swifts spend at least the first two years of their life, after fledging, on the wing. They only stop when they come to breed, & can cling very well from walls, given their legs are short & their feet are like grappling hooks. As a result of this a Swift on the ground is a Swift in trouble as they lack the length & strength in their legs to push off from the ground into flight. So, a nesting Swift that is stationary is usually seen in this pose, clinging onto a wall before crawling into the eaves to raise its young.
More wildlife sculptures coming soon including:
a Yawning Stretching Fox
a life sized Badger with a Trophic Cascade
a Black Rhino head maquette
a White Rhino head maquette
a life sized Kingfisher in a threat display
a life sized mantling Barn Owl