Cheetah Impala Kill - 2018
Cheetah Impala Kill 2018 shows the dynamics of the relationship between predator and prey. Impala in flight will jump vertically in the air, known as totting and at this point the cheetah will try to trip the impala. This sculpture is a study in movement and anatomy, as well as a snapshot of life in the African bush.
In recent years, Hamish has been interested in developing narrative in his work. This sculpture is his first to portray two different animals together.
Along with Impala 2018 and Cheetah 2018, Cheetah Impala Kill 2018 completes a trio of sculptures that clearly demonstrate Hamish's interest in storytelling. Depending on how the sculptures are placed together, the outcome of the story can change, just as it can in the wild. Does the impala escape? Does the cheetah make the kill?
Cheetah Impala Kill 2018 is available on its own but is perfectly scaled to its companion pieces in the trio.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have spent many happy hours studying impala, especially at Lewa. Often when observing a herd you can spot scars, healed broken legs, torn ears, missing horns showing they’ve had a near escape. They need to be constantly on the alert and drink only during the midday when predators are lying up. Cheetah are one of Africa's big cats and I have been lucky to study them at Africat, Namibia as well as Lewa, Kenya.