An original piece of mine is being considered for the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail, to commemorate the centenary of the ‘Save the Children’ charity – founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb (an Ellesmere resident), with the support of sister Dorothy Buxton.
As Clare Mulley describes in her biography of Eglantyne Jebb, in April 1919, 2 women stood in Trafalgar Square: Eglantyne Jebb, and Barbara Ayrton Gould (young secretary of the Women’s League and a seasoned Suffragette).
They were distributing leaflets showing the ravages of famine on small children, the victims of war. Standing alone, these women attempted to appeal to the war weary, indifferent, and often hostile public, showing compassion for the displaced and starving children of Europe. Arrested later that day, Eglantyne would have depended on the support of her comrade.
The same bond existed with her remarkable sister Dorothy Buxton, as they spread their message through speaking tours of the influential drawing rooms of London. These women were able to achieve astonishing things because they stood shoulder to shoulder as sisters; and this is what I wish to acknowledge in my sculpture – to convey not how they would have looked, but how they felt.
As I began to research these remarkable women, I immediately knew the sculpture I wished to build. My sculptures are inspired by found natural forms that initially attract my attention: I have produced a series of initial studies, from forms found in the split kindling used for fire lighting. One of these (originally entitled ‘Twins’) is the basis for my proposed sculpture, ‘The Sisters.’
If commissioned, this sculpture will be built at approximately 2.3 metres in height, moulded and then cast in High Alumina Cement, in situ, by April 2020. This is the same process used to create my original work ‘Trilogy,’ as can be seen in my recent/ongoing posts and updates.
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My sculptures are inspired by found natural forms that initially attract my attention. These may be flints, sea shells, driftwood or, more recently, split kindling for the fire.
I then develop these original forms in clay or plaster as a sculpture in the round: This is a working maquette (model). When I feel the piece is resolved, I then mould and cast it into cement. These maquettes constitute a body of work that I seek to build on a suitable scale for permanent siting in the landscape.
Following the cancellation of the ‘Iron Ring’ sculpture for Flint Castle, this is my proposal should such funding become available again. The sculpture is entitled ‘Silver Bird,’ and would be constructed in stainless steel tubing. It is derived from my original piece, ‘The Gull’ – development of which is visible on this site.
My intention is to have this sculpture built by – and with the backing of – one of the major Flint steel construction companies. The object of this would be to bring investment into Flint & Deeside, as opposed to it being outsourced.
‘The Dragon’ is intended to be a monumental steel drawing in space; the symbol of Welsh pride, through which (though not obscured by) the Castle ruins can be seen. A lasting, imposing trace of the weight of history. My desire is that they balance, and acknowledge that this is a nation for all its citizens.
And to give an idea of the possible scale:
North Wales has had a long history in the mining of coal, lead, copper and other minerals.
Photo © David Allen 2013
First stage maquettes for a sculpture to be called ‘Temple.’
Inspired by some of the great stone circles. The individual forms grow from pieces of kindling, giving an organic feel to the structure. I have placed a model figure to give an idea of the proposed scale.
The finished maquette, HAC cement, 48cm
The finished maquette, HAC cement, 48cm
The full sized sculpture is currently being built at my studio in Cilcain, and can be viewed throughout each weekend in September 2013 as part of Helfa Gelf.