Pheasant - 2017
The pheasant is a common game bird in Britain and has been an important part of traditional country life for nearly a thousand years, however it is not a native species. Originally from Asia, the pheasant was probably introduced to Britain by the Romans, and by the fifteenth century was thriving in large numbers.
One of our most colourful birds, the long-tailed male has iridescent copper and black plumage and a dark green head with red wattling. The female is smaller with mottled brown feathers and a shorter tail. Pheasants spend a lot of time on the ground preferring the edge of wooded agricultural land. The wild population is supplemented by the 30 million pheasants reared each year on shooting estates.
Hamish’s bronze pheasant sculpture was originally a commission and shows a plucky bird in classic crowing posture, beak open, wings outspread. It would make a great present for somebody interested in field sports or a charming focal point in a country garden.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I met Dan Szor some years ago when he was setting up the Cotswold Distillery and we talked about one day creating a bronze sculpture of their pheasant logo. Three years later, to coincide with the launch of their first whisky, Dan went ahead and commissioned the bronze pheasant. There was obviously no need to deliberate the composition, but I had to get the scale right - as the pheasant sculpture was to stand proudly outside the Cotswolds Distillery headquarters in the front garden. The larger-than-life-size pheasant looks fantastic on its plinth of local Horton Blue stone and it was great to be involved in a project that brought together so many of my interests - field sports, supporting local enterprise, and the consumption of good whisky!