Eland - 2019
The eland is a type of spiral-horned antelope, found on the plains and savannahs of Southern and East Africa. It has been domesticated all over the region and is used for milk, meat and hide. Hamish has observed them at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, where numbers are on the increase. They roam in large herds of up to 500, feed at dawn and dusk, and rest in the heat of the day.
Male elands can weigh up to 1,000 kg (1 ton). Hamish had created this bronze sculpture of an eland in mid-run, its great weight frozen in a moment of time. He has developed a dry dusty patina for the sculpture, very close in colour to an eland, which also gives a sense of the arid heat of their African habitat.
Eland 2019 is a great addition to Hamish's African sculptures and is available in a Limited Edition of 12.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have been visiting Lewa Wildlife Conservancy since 1996 and have seen the landscape change with an increase in areas of plain. This has resulted in a huge explosion of the numbers of eland and buffalo. I have witnessed in Namibia an eland easily clear an eight foot fence. Not bad for an animal which can weigh almost a ton! This is the inspiration for this sculpture which was sculpted in my studio, working from reference material I collected while on safari in Africa. They are a wonderfully well-built antelope that lends itself well to my style of loose sculpting.