Wren Life Size - 2020
Wren Life Size 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 Nuthatch 2020, this wren sculpture was inspired by the regular visitors to the bird feeder outside Hamish's office.
The wren is a tiny brown bird, with a rounded body, a fine bill, longish legs and very short wings. It tends to hold its narrow tail cocked up vertically. It is well known for having a remarkably loud voice, for such a tiny bird.
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 wren, who I found living in my shed, was almost impossible to photograph - they are tiny! 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.