‘Please’ Baby Orangutan sculpture


The ‘Please’ Baby Orangutan sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.

‘Please’ Baby Orangutan

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 220) Price £680. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £3,780.

(Includes VAT and excludes delivery)

Size: H:400 W:350 D:350 mm (H:16 W:14 D:14 inches)

To purchase this ‘Please’ Baby Orangutan 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 ‘Please’ Baby orangutan sculpture

I created this sculpture to raise awareness and money for the Orangutan Appeal. I’ve been performing commissions for many years, and occasionally I have an opportunity to sculpt something entirely for myself. I want my work to support love and care of animals of every type. I have huge respect for fellow artists using their work to raise the profile of charitable causes, and while my focus has been towards dogs and cats charities, I wanted to sculpt a piece that supported an endangered species that needs our help.

The Orangutan Appeal strives to protect remaining wild populations of orangutans by providing support and funding for projects across Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo. In this case, I researched lots of source material, working from lots of photographs of orangutans in a variety of poses and modelling it in clay. I very much hope that one day I’ll be able to travel and visit these wonderful animals in the wild.

I wanted to model a baby, to capture the attention of the viewer with something appealing and life-sized. Orangutan babies are very similar to human ones and I hoped the pose, reaching out its hand would help the little orangutan create a sympathetic connection with its viewer