|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
|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.