Sculpture | Level 1
Figure with Bird, 1997, Bronze, Anthony Abrahams
‘Figure with Bird’ was made by constructing a wood and steel armature, covering it in plaster, and then casting in bronze. Texture is very important to Anthony's sculptures. His works show the marks of how they were made: chisel marks, scratches and the evidence of construction are preserved.
Perhaps because bronze – which is strong and doesn’t decay, but still shows all the delicate marks of construction - it can represent both human strength and frailty.
'Figure with a Bird' was recently relocated to the entrance to the 'Forget Me Not' baby memorial garden. Because of where it is, some think the figure with her slightly rounded belly is pregnant.
Anthony Abrahams (b.1926) studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read English, and then went on to study painting at the Anglo-French Art Centre in London. He is known for his distinctive figurative sculptures.
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