LYING BULL SCULPTURE
Windowsill-sized ‘Lying Bull’ sculpture by Tanya Russell MRBS – a bronze Lying Bull statue and bull ornament for the home.
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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: 8 W: 16 D: 6 centimetres
Imperial – H: 3 W: 6 D: 2 inches
(Height / Width / Depth)
As this sculpture is handmade the bronze colour may vary.
The beautiful bronze Lying Bull 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: Open (Unlimited)
Bronze Resin Edition: Open (Unlimited)
The inspiration behind the sculpture
I modelled the Lying Bull sculpture to represent the fictional Ferdinand the bull. When he was young Ferdinand did not enjoy butting heads with other young bulls. Instead he preferred to lie under the trees smelling the flowers. When he grew up, Ferdinand turned out to be the largest and strongest of the young bulls. All the other bulls dreamt of being chosen to compete in the bull fight in Madrid, but Ferdinand still preferred smelling the flowers instead.
One day, five men come to the pasture to choose a bull for the fights. Ferdinand was on his own when he accidentally sat on a bee. Upon getting stung he ran wildly across the field, snorting and stamping. Mistaking Ferdinand for a mad bull, the men renamed him “Ferdinand the Fierce” and took him away to be killed in the ring in Madrid.
All the beautiful ladies of Madrid turned out to see the handsome matador fight “Ferdinand the Fierce”. However, when Ferdinand was led into the ring, he was delighted by the flowers in the ladies’ hair. He lay down in the middle of the ring to enjoy them, upsetting all the people who’d come to see the fight. Ferdinand was then sent back to his pasture, where to this day he is still smelling flowers.
How it was made
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life. I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the animal (and other animals of the breed or species). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features. I study the way that hair, fur or skin lies over their muscles or alters their shape, and their different poses and attitudes.
The Lying Bull sculpture was modelled in wax, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the Lying Bull 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.
“Ferdinand has arrived. Thank you. I am sure David will like him as much as I do.”
Delivery & returns
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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 domestic animal sculpture
If you would like to commission a made-to-order domestic animal sculpture, or your own lying bull 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.