Baby Elephant sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin Price £95. Includes UK delivery (International delivery £12.00)
Foundry Bronze Price £370. Includes UK delivery (International delivery £20.00)
Size: H:140 W:215 D:100 mm (H:5 1/2 W:8 7/16 D:3 15/16 inches)
Bronze Resin Weight: 700g (24.7 oz.)
Foundry Bronze Weight: 2300g (82 oz.)
To purchase this sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Baby Elephant sculpture
I modelled this Baby Elephant sculpture to try to emphasise the joy that having elephants in our world represents. I’m so upset by the trend of species becoming endangered and critically endangered. I believe art can help people think about why these precious animals should be protected.
I’d thought originally to sculpt an elephant in mortal pain, its tusks harvested by poachers. But these images of their suffering are only one side to this. We need reminders why the lives of the animals are important. I wanted to represent their joy in life and I felt that the Baby Elephant sculpture could be a really strong expression of that.
Many organisations help elephants. I like The Elephant Trust, who once asked The Art Academy to lend them some equipment for one of their exhibitions to raise awareness of this critical conservation cause.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but in this case, I used many, many photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its skin lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and their different poses and attitudes.