Badger - 2017
One of Britain’s ancient native wild species, the European badger has long figured in literature and folklore and is often used as a symbol of the countryside. Regarded by some as vermin that destroys crops and spreads disease, the badger is equally loved by others.
A member of the Mustelid family that includes weasels and otters, badgers are nocturnal animals that live in social groups beneath ground, emerging from their woodland setts at night to forage, most often for worms though they are notoriously omniverous. The badger has distinctive black and white stripes on a long face, and its wide rotund body and short legs are brindle grey.
Controversial animals perhaps, but Hamish’s bronze badger sculpture - rendered mid-trot and head up - is a spirited handsome creature, the powerful musculature evident beneath his textured coat. It would make a dynamic focal point to a woodland garden.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
As they are one of our country's native species, I've always wanted to sculpt a badger. They are sturdy creatures, propelling their solid wide bodies on short legs with a rolling gait. Although they shuffle around when foraging, they trot quickly from place to place and can be surprisingly speedy when alarmed. I wanted to capture a badger alert and on the move.