July sees the launch of Hoodwinked 2018, a world class sculpture trail transforming the city of Nottingham. I was lucky enough to be one of the 33 artists selected to design and create one of the giant Robin sculptures as part of the public art trail.
My design 'Royal Robin Redbreast', sponsored by Castle Rock Brewery was inspired by the heritage of royalty at Nottingham castle. William the Conqueror built the first castle in 1067 and royal residents have included Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. I wanted to create a Robin with a rich, regal feel with golden wings, a jewelled Robin Hood style cap and quiver of golden arrows. Every Robin has an individual red breast so I wanted a lot of the detail to go into this area. I worked entirely freehand creating lots of swirls and patterns in different shades of red glass to create the effect.
The sculpture took over 200 hours to complete and there must be around 10,000 individual pieces of mosaic on this sculpture It stands proudly outside Nottingham station until 30 September and will be auctioned off along with the other sculptures in October, hoping to raise as much money as possible for Nottinghamshire Hospice.