Nuthatch - 2020
Nuthatch 2020 is one of a group of three bird sculptures that Hamish made during lockdown, from observing Britain's native fauna in his garden. Along with Robin 2020 and Wren 2020, this nuthatch sculpture was inspired by the regular visitors to the bird feeder outside Hamish's office.
The nuthatch is a plump little bird with blue-grey feathers above, pale below, and chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, short legs and a long black pointed bill. It is a familiar sight in woodland gardens, rarely straying far from the woods where it hatched.
All three bronze bird sculptures have been naturalistically patinated using hot nitrates and are mounted on Kilkenny limestone. They make a delightful trio when placed together, but are equally striking standing alone.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
During lockdown, inspiration had to be found nearer to hand than some of my more usual research. I have a bird feeder right outside my office and love watching our resident birds. The nuthatch was fairly easy to watch as he’s always hungry! I sculpted a life size Wren, Robin and Nuthatch together using wax and plasticine. The temptation to sing Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds” was too much! I love the shapes birds make. I wanted to complement their behaviour with suitable compositions of the final sculpture, using naturally found bits of wood. These branches look fantastic when life-cast and have been one of my ’signatures’ in my sculptures for a while.