Lying Bull sculpture

Lying Bull sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open Edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England.

Lying Bull sculpture - left side view

Lying Bull


Material:  either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Bronze Resin (Open Edition) £65. Includes delivery UK, (International delivery £12)

Foundry Bronze (Open Edition) £350. Includes delivery UK, (International delivery £20)

Size: H:75 W:165 D:60 mm (H:2 15/16 W:6 1/2 D:2 3/8 inches)

Bronze Resin Weight: 380g (13.4 oz.)


To purchase this sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.

Materials explained

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 Lying Bull sculpture

I modelled the Lying Bull sculpture to represent the fictional Ferdinand the bull. When he was young Ferdinand did not enjoy butting heads with other young bulls, preferring instead to lie under a tree smelling the flowers. When he grew up, Ferdinand turned out to be the largest and strongest of the young bulls. All the other bulls dreamt of being chosen to compete in the bull fight in Madrid, but Ferdinand still preferred smelling the flowers instead.

One day, five men come to the pasture to choose a bull for the fights. Ferdinand was on his own when he accidentally sat on a bee. Upon getting stung he ran wildly across the field, snorting and stamping. Mistaking Ferdinand for a mad bull, the men renamed him “Ferdinand the Fierce” and took him away to be killed in the ring in Madrid.

All the beautiful ladies of Madrid turned out to see the handsome matador fight “Ferdinand the Fierce”. However, when Ferdinand was led into the ring, he was delighted by the flowers in the ladies’ hair and lay down in the middle of the ring to enjoy them, upsetting all the people who’d come to see the fight. Ferdinand was then sent back to his pasture, where to this day, he is still smelling flowers.

When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but in this case, I used lots of photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its skin lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and the different poses and attitudes.