Cheetah - 2020
Cheetah are an endangered species. The population has halved in the last decade and they now number just 7000 in the wild. They are the fastest animal on the planet - evolution has engineered an aerodynamic body frame over a lightweight skeleton, capable of speeds up to 93km/h. They use their whole body for speed; the long flexible spine allows for rapid changes of direction and the massive tail acts as a counter balance and rudder.
It is the dynamic action of a cheetah at full speed that Hamish has successfully captured in Cheetah 2020. This bronze cheetah is available in a limited edition of 12 and would make a great gift for collectors of African wildlife sculpture.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
On one of my Visits to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya I met Toki and Sambu - the orphaned cheetah clubs made famous by wildlife cameraman Simon King of Big Cat Diaries. This was a chance to get up close to cheetah, an experience that has stayed with me ever since. I have also been lucky enough to study cheetah with Africat in Namibia. As the fastest animal on the planet, I find them an irresistible subject and have often returned to sculpting them over the years.