Robin - 2020
Robin 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 the Wren 2020 and Nuthatch 2020, this robin sculpture was inspired by the regular visitors to the bird feeder outside Hamish's office.
The robin is Britain's favourite bird, particularly associated with Christmas. Young birds are spotted golden brown and both males and females develop the characteristic red breast as they mature. Robins are also known for their melodious song and their inquisitive nature. However, despite their friendly reputation, they are aggressively territorial to other birds and will drive away intruders on their patch.
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 robin was easy enough to study, as they are inquisitive birds and he didn't mind me watching him. 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.