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Friday, June 20, 2014

How About These Horses!!! Pretty Incredible!!

Artist's life-size beach sculptures made from driftwood.
Majestic: These horses may look real but are in fact made from thousands of pieces of driftwood salvaged from the shore. Each of the sculptures stands around 6ft tall
Birmingham-based master craftsman James Doran-Webb (pictured on horse) spent a painstaking six months assembling the sculptures as part of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year in Singapore. Each horse weighs around half a tonne and can take the weight of five people. Doran-Webb made all three with moveable limbs and neck so they can be arranged into lifelike poses, as these stunning photographs show.
The intricate trio of horses were constructed for the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, a nature park similar to Cornwall's Eden Project. They took pride of place in one of the Gardens' glass domes as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations on January 31, which fittingly marks the Year of the Horse.

Doran-Webb comes from Birmingham but has been living in Cebu City in the Philippines for 26 years where he runs a workshop.

He said: 'Putting the driftwood onto the sculpture took about three months. The large bits go on first followed by the more intricate pieces.' 

Each horse is made from 400 pieces of driftwood of varying sizes built around a stainless steel skeleton.
 The wood he uses in his sculptures has been salvaged from beaches and rivers around Cebu by a network of locals who Doran-Webb pays to collect it. For every kilo of wood salvaged, he plants a seedling at one of several sites around the city.

He said: 'The three thoroughbred horses are my latest driftwood creation... Each horse took two months to make and contains about 400 pieces of driftwood of varying sizes.'

'By the time they are finished each one weighs 500kgs and can carry the weight of four or five people,' he added.

Doran-Webb went on to say: 'I started off collecting the driftwood myself in my kayak but now I have a network of locals who I pay to collect it for me which helps put money back into poor communities.
The wood Doran-Webb uses for his sculptures is around 50 years old, and according to the craftsman it is ideal to work with. He said: 'It is an oily wood so it withstands weather and it is very tensile - it's a dream to work with.'

'I started out with sketches of the horses then once I was happy with them I made miniature models of them, which took a month on its own,' he added.

Doran-Webb said the next step was to make a large plywood template to weld the stainless steel frame onto. 


eileeninmd said...

Really cool looking horses! Amazing sculptures. Happy Friday, Sylvia!

afanja said...

WOW ... these are really amazing sculptures. looking through your eyelashes they look like real horses racing along the beach.

Jo said...

What a talented artist. Those horses looked so life-like when I first opened your post, Sylvia. Thanks for sharing this amazing work. Jo

Arija said...

Breathtaking sculptures, what an artist!

Wandering Wren said...

I love these horses racing through the water, they are incredibly creative. The fact that the driftwood is now collected by the locals who benefit is great too.
Wren x

Lowell said...

What a find! I've never seen anything like this. And Doran-Webb caught so perfectly the essence of "horse." Wow!

TexWisGirl said...

my goodness, they're incredible! thanks for sharing them!

(lowell got quite thrilled with them, i see! just kidding!)

Karen said...

Amazing! What an artist!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wow, wow and double wow! J'adore these sculptures AND the fact their creation helps the community. Oh my how I'd love the opportunity to take photos here. Happy weekend Sylvia.

Rajesh said...

Fantastic horses, very well designed.

magiceye said...

Amazing work!! Thank you for sharing!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Oh yes these are superb... I have seen similar, but static and more 'latticed' though every bit as impressive. Fabulous stuff! YAM xx

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