Lion and Dove sculpture

The Lion and Dove sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.

Lion and Dove sculpture

Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £650. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £2,000.

(Includes VAT and excludes delivery)

Size: H:320 W:385 D:235 mm, H:13 W:15 D:9 inches

To purchase this Lion and Dove 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 Lion and Dove sculpture

The Lion and Dove sculpture was commissioned as an auction bid, at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home 150th Gala Ball Auction, in order to raise money for the Home. I enjoy the symbiosis of the powerful lion and the fragile dove. The intention was to convey the dynamism of flight and the leap of the lion. Lions are such impressive creatures, and one day I hope to sculpt a larger lion as a garden sculpture.

Once I’d sculpted the Lion and Dove sculpture in wax a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.