sculpture:   Horace the Owl


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                Horace - 2014                                                              
I carved Horace from a 47.5 kg block of Ancaster Limestone that was given to me by my local city councillor Damian Tunnecliffe. When Damian visited my Open Studio in July 2014, and saw that I work with limestone, he kindly offered me a block of stone that had been lying around his garden for years. 

The block was weathered to a dark grey when it arrived but, under the surface, I found a pale creamy stone with a pattern of curving lines that I followed until the form of a barn owl began to appear. These curving lines are now visible on the owl's chest and back.

Although small particles of fossils and shells can often be seen in Ancaster limestone, Horace's surface is relatively free from visible impurities.  He is  45cms (17.75") high, measures 73cms (28.75") around the base, and weighs 32kg (105 lb).
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