FRAGILE LIFE FIGURE AND BEE SCULPTURE
Life-sized bronze ‘Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee sculpture by Tanya Russell MRBS – a bronze’Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee and abstract figurative ornament for the garden.
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Which material to choose?
Bronze Resin – bronze metal powder is mixed with a resin to create the appearance of foundry bronze metal, but is more affordable and lightweight.
Foundry Bronze – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.
Metric – H: 210 W: 84 D: 66 centimetres
Imperial – H: 83 W: 33 D: 26 inches
(Height / Width / Depth)
As this sculpture is handmade the bronze colour may vary.
The beautiful bronze’Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee sculpture is a casting of an original sculpture. It is hand cast by a British foundry or resin caster and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. This casting is a perfect recreation of the original sculpture and bears the artist’s signature and its own unique edition number.
Foundry Bronze Edition: Edition 12
Bronze Resin Edition: Edition 12
The inspiration behind the sculpture
The ‘Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee sculpture is one of the first large sculptures that I did for myself. It is a progression of the animal relationship theme, and the abstracted technique I’ve been exploring through the Stargazers, Tenderness and Communion figures and animals.
The Fragile Life figure is jagged and feels as though it is beginning to fall apart. It holds a disproportionately large bee aloft, symbolising humanity’s (and life’s) symbiotic relationship with pollinators, particularly with bees. We rely on these creatures to pollinate the plants that we eat and that we use in countless industries. They rely on us to protect important habitats and food sources, while also managing parasites and disease.
Our bees are as important as us, and so it is enlarged and gold leafed, celebrated by the stretching pose of the figure. It is intended to be uncertain whether the bee is landing or taking off from the figure’s hand, and this is meant to represent the uncertainty in both our joint futures. If you’d like to support bees in your local area, your local wildlife trust or beekeeping association will have information about how you can help these protect these precious creatures, so that we might flourish together!
How it was made
When I model people I try where possible to find examples from life. I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the person (and other people in similar poses). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features, and their different poses and attitudes.
The ‘Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee sculpture was modelled in clay, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the ‘Fragile Life’ Figure and Bee statue was finished 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.
This is a new sculpture and we don’t have written testimony for it yet.
Delivery & returns
International delivery is available.
If you are an international buyer, you may need to pay local customs duties or taxes when importing a sculpture into your country. This most often applies to more valuable sculptures. Your local customs and taxes are not prepaid for you. If you contact us we can try to estimate them for you.
Sculpture that is broken in transit to you may be returned, and a replacement sculpture will be sent to you, at no further cost. If no replacement is available, we will cast a new one for you, or offer you a refund.
Commissioning a bespoke outdoor sculpture
If you would like to commission a made-to-order outdoor sculpture, or your own figure and bee statue, first of all I recommend looking at the information about bespoke sculptures on my commissions page. In particular, this should help guide you on sizing and possibly pricing.
Afterwards, please contact me about your idea.