Elephants - 2016
Hamish’s affection for elephants is apparent in his sensitively realised elephant sculptures. Hamish is always mindful of the vulnerable status of elephants and the threat to population numbers, having a long association with the conservation organisation Tusk and the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya. His bronze and silver sculptures of elephants are particularly appealing, sculpted with an comprehensive understanding of their anatomy, behaviour and character from years of observation and field study.
This bronze elephant sculpture shows a mother and her two calves in procession. When on the move, elephants walk in single file, trunk to tail. Hamish has captured the family going about their everyday business. This charming sculpture is available in limited edition and would make a thoughtful gift for wildlife lovers.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
During my research trip to Lewa Conservancy in Kenya in 2016, I found inspiration following a herd of elephant at close quarters. They were so easy to get close to as they were calm and felt safe in this conservation area. This sculpture was made from my observations; elephant are always travelling, silently over rugged terrain. This composition depicts the behavioural aspects of an elephant mother with her young calf and older calf clearing the way. To me it is about protecting a new generation and shows all the aspects of motherhood: hierarchy, caring and gentle, yet strong.