Wildlife creations Itchen Valley Country Park summer 2022
The countryside service at Eastleigh Borough Council commissioned me to create nine willow animals, we decided to create four grey squirrels in different positions and double the size to normal, a kestrel, a tawny owl, two magpies and a woodpecker all of which can be found in the barn
Their purpose was to provide interest for their visitors and to encourage children to look for the creatures that I made for them who regularly visited the park.
The animals needed to be attached high up on the wooden beams in the barn/ cafe area and needed to be secured in place.
I decided that they needed an internal metal spine and legs with spikes to go down into the beams. I used stainless steel for its anti-rusting properties and a variety of different willow strains for each of the sculptures.