The statue will be life size replica of Max and he'll be sat on a slate bench which we'll be showing you shortly. Things are starting to happen, all very exciting stuff and we're extremely grateful to all involved, specifically the board of Keswick Town Council and the Keswick Parks Trust and to all who gave so generously to the fund.
We had to take into account the location of where the sculpture situated with the kind permission of Keswick Parks Trust we may have found a perfect place. Also where it would be made, local would obviously be ideal, as we can to and fro when necessary with Max if needed, and of course we want to involve the whole Max out community who are funding this very special project, to keep updates on progress.
We are very pleased to announce that Kirsty Armstrong, a wildlife and animal sculpture artist from Brampton near Carlisle is now making this her very next project.
We hope you'll agree on our great choice of artist and we hope you'll welcome and support her over the next few weeks as we start this amazing project.
"As an animal sculptor living and working in Cumbria, I’m really excited to be asked to be so involved with the making of the statue of Max the miracle dog!
I’ve been a sculptor for more than 30 years and I’m very much looking forward to this next challenge. I feel very honoured to have been chosen to produce Max in bronze.
I have been a sculptor since graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art (specialising in sculpture) in 1988 and I’ve been lucky enough to have been an sculptor ever since. My love of animals (and especially dogs) means that they became the obvious subject matter for me.
After initially working solely for myself, in the mid 1990's I was approached by the Langholm based figurine manufacturing company, Border Fine Arts. I spent most of the next 15 years sculpting highly detailed animals for them to reproduce. These included many of their breed studies of cattle as well as some of the 'James Herriot' collection.
For the past ten years I have built up my own business; ‘Kirsty Armstrong Sculpture‘ producing limited editions of my own very detailed animal pieces, as well as various bespoke awards and commissions.
My work is moulded and cast in Cumbria by Lakeland Mouldings near Pooley Bridge.
Working for myself has led to me to;
- Present HRH Prince Charles with the first piece from my limited edition Red Squirrel sculpture; 'Charles', in 2011
- Design and produce the RSST (Red Squirrel Survival Trust) Volunteer of the year awards in 2012 and 2014.
- Win a competition set by the North Pennines AONB to design and then to go on and produce 'The Pendlebury award' in 2013.
- To produce the trophies for an extreme obstacle course challenge; Gelt Gladiator, 2015
- To produce four limited edition Mk XV1e Spitfires which were cast in pewter for the owner of a real Spitfire. One of the pieces was presented to a member of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
- To produce the 2016/ 2017/ 2018 awards for the lighting division of the American company; 'General Electric'.
- and currently, I’m working on a 'prehistoric' commission for the British figurine producer; REBORI supply galleries and also run two online shops from which I sell my work to destinations all over the world.
I am also heavily involved in the fight to protect the UK's endangered native Red Squirrel, especially here in Cumbria. I am a co-founder, a trustee, a volunteer and fund raiser for our local charity, Brampton & District Red Squirrel Group. I support red squirrel conservation in Cumbria and also The Hare Preservation Trust by donating a percentage of my profits from sales of my Squirrel and Hare sculptures.
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