Exhibitions have had to be cancelled but the isolating rules have given many artists uninterrupted extra time to create. This new piece was planned for the London Group's exhibition in the gardens of Shoreham in Kent which is now cancelled but it's creation continues.
At first sight this lump of derelict oak did not look promising. It is impossible to assess it without a lot of cleaning up. Several strong grandchildren carried it to the nearest road where it could be picked up by car.
Here it is in a shed after being jet-hosed, dried out and the soft wood scraped out. I planned to team it up with my post I restored called "On Being 80". This one could be titled "Five years later LET'S BE SENSIBLE ABOUT DEATH".
Then corona virus took over the world. This title referred to the artist's old age, at 85 it makes sense. maybe it is no longer tactful
Hanging here, this hollow trunk is only about five foot tall (not yet measured) and about 60 cm from the ground. It revolves freely from the rope which can carry 650kg. The trunk is about 70kg. From a distance it is weird, maybe sinister, but on close examination these seven figures can be discovered. So far I have made and installed the mewing infant, the whining schoolboy wit his satchel, the lover with a woeful ballad to his mistress' eyebrow. The others are on the way.
The Tiger I made about 20 years ago no longer looks like this. He wasn't for sale as he'd become a landmark for walkers on the nearby footpath. He has been quietly disintegrating, but May 3rd 2020 someone with little idea of how an escaped tiger would either look or behave reported him to the police.