Initially I lead a sculpture carving workshop with members of the local youth group. Following this, and through consultation with the residents, the theme of British wildlife was chosen. The sculptures portray an owl in flight carrying its prey, a fox, a rabbit, a stoat and hedgehog. All carved in high relief from Yorkshire sandstone and all carved in situ.
Small sculpture carved from polyphant. The stone has a lovely green lustre and is speckled with a terracotta like colouring.
The depiction of the winged human figure has been has been a theme I have returned to over the years. In this piece the figure is perched like a bird, in readiness to soar into the sky and into the unknown. Rather than flight as an escape, this sculpture portrays power and energy, the feeling that anything can and will be achieved.
As my husband is a former miner and it is the 30th anniversary of the miners strike, he asked me to publish this post this week.
Commissioned by The Lofthouse Residents Association and Leeds City Council. The slightly larger than life sculpture is carved from Yorkshire Sandstone and was quarried locally at Woodkirk. The Lofthouse Miner sculpture is a celebration of the history and heritage of the local community. The sculpture represents a coalface worker drilling the coal seam. Lofthouse Colliery closed in 1981.