Today it’s the first Tuesday in July so it’s time for the monthly photo meet-up organised by Wild Daffodil. This months theme is sculpture.
At first I thought I didn’t have any photos of sculptures, thinking of the big things you see in parks and museums. Then I remembered, what a ninny! I’ve made several chicken wire sculptures myself…
The first one I made was several years ago now, the WI ran a workshop to make a chicken wire chicken. I had chickens at the time so I signed up immediately. The tutor was Susan Nichols and she was great, we learnt all about making yum yums and yoyo’s from chicken wire! My chicken turned out pretty chunky, just like our chickens at home. She’s got long spikes coming out of her feet so she can be positioned anywhere. She’s called Florence after my favourite chuck.
The following year WI ran a course with Susan to make a duck. These are pretty solid sculptures, they actually weigh quite a lot as the chicken wire is so dense, you can spray paint them or leave them to rust naturally, which is what I’ve done.
I’d seen in Susan’s album photos of a heron, I really wanted to make one but she explained that in the confines of the WI room there just wasn’t the space, from a health and safety view point – herons have very long legs. I’d have to go to her home for a workshop.
The following year I persuaded a friend to come with me and I went over to Fridaythorpe in East Yorkshire and made a heron. If I say so myself, he’s gorgeous! I call him Hubert as he does look quite haughty as herons do! He presides over the pond in the summer. I sometimes move him down to the lower garden in the winter as he’s quite exposed there in the winter and it worries me that someone might decide to take him for a walk! This photo is taken in late winter, he’s almost disappearing amongst the foliage at the moment.
Another year went by and another friend decided she would rather like a heron too! So we both went and this time I made a goose. Goosey Lucy is seriously big, like large Canada Geese size, so she’s pretty heavy as well. I love the way her neck curves round. She’s down in the patio at the moment.
When I looked round the garden I’ve lots of little sculptures too. There’s my stone owl up on the fence, three little guinea fowl chicks (looking a bit cold in this photo!) and a moon gazing hare which props the summer house door open!
This photo challenge is organised by Wild Daffodil, why not follow the link and check out everyone else’s photos.
If anyone lives within striking distance of East Yorkshire, I can highly recommend Susan’s courses, it’s hard work on your hands as there’s lots of twisting and pushing, but it’s worth it, I fancy making a curlew next, or maybe a pheasant…or a hare!