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Turtle sculptures

Turtle sculptures by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England. Available individually, or as a pair.

Turtle sculptures - Turtle 1
Turtle sculpture 1
Turtle sculptures - Turtle 2
Turtle sculpture 2

Material:  Bronze Resin

Turtle 1 Size: H:33 W:90 D:104 mm (H:1 5/16 W:3 9/16 D:4 1/16 inches)

Turtle 1 Bronze Resin Weight: 80g (2.8 oz.)

Turtle 2 Size: H:25 W:75 D:85 (H:1 W:3 9/16 D:3 3/8 inches)

Turtle 2 Bronze Resing Weight: 40 (1.4 oz.)

 

A single turtle individually in Bronze Resin – £35. As a pair – £50. A pair with a resin cast rock base – £55. Delivery to mainland UK included.

A single turtle individually in Foundry Bronze – £135. As a pair – £240. A pair with a resin cast rock base – £246. Delivery to mainland UK included.

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 Turtle sculptures

I modelled these baby turtle sculptures to highlight the struggle of endangered marine species. I’m very concerned by the degrading quality of the water in our oceans and by the overhunting of several amazing species. I believe art can help people think about why these precious animals should be protected.

It was a pleasure to be able to sculpt something for the ‘Great and Small Sculptures’ range that was actually life-sized. Another first for me was sculpting something that wasn’t a commission, which was intended to work individually or as a pair. It later encouraged me to sculpt my family of pigs.

There are some very large charities that help our marine life, but I particularly admire the work of the Sea Turtle Foundation, so do have a look at their website if you’re interested in the conservation work being done to preserve our oceans’ turtles.

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 shell patterning and varied shapes, and their different poses baby turtles have been photographed in as they fight to reach the protection of the sea.

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