Polar Bear Family - 2009
Recently the Polar Bear (Ursa maritimus) has been the subject of much publicity by groups concerned with climate change. These huge marine mammals rely on the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem to sustain them. Global warming has been blamed for the shrinking Artic sea ice and images of Polar Bears struggling with their changing environment abound. A potent figure in the cultural traditions of Inuit and Alaskan peoples, the Polar Bear has provided food and fur for thousands of years.
Hamish has created a limited edition bronze Polar Bear sculpture of three separate parts - a mother and her two Polar Bear cubs, walking together. The attractive outward appearance of this huge carnivore, belies the strength and ferocity of the animal beneath.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
These three Polar Bears were made in my studio in Oxfordshire. Not all my research can be done travelling and this is a good example of making a sculpture using modern technology. The internet provides enormous amounts of images I can use as reference, and footage from documentaries is also extremely useful. They are extraordinary animals and I would love to one day see them in the flesh. This sculpture was made portraying a family, walking across the icy landscape. I sculpted several different versions of polar bears together, capturing the immense feeling of weight and power underlying their thick fur coats.