Pelican sculpture

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

Pelican sculpture right side view

Pelican Sculpture

Material:  Bronze Resin

Size: H:180 W:100 D:100 mm (H:7 1/16 W:3 15/16 D:3 15/16 inches)

Weight: 820g (29 oz.)

Bronze Resin Price £70.  Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £8).

Foundry Bronze Price £125. Includes UK delivery, (international delivery £12).

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


Materials explained

Bronze Resin (known as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin blended with bronze powder for colouring.  The final product may be painted in a bronze powder paint.

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 Pelican sculpture

I live in an area of chalk and flint. Flint stones appear naturally in beautifully gnarled and twisty shapes. I’d been wanting to use it in sculpture for a while and had been racking my brain over what kind of sculpture might work with it. The pelican was a choice that interested me because the bird itself is very sculptural. I still sell pelicans atop real rocks when they are requested, and I usually take an example or two to shows.

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 feathers lie over its muscles or alter its shape, and the animal’s different poses and attitudes.