We were approached to make a sculpture of 'Surtr' - a Norse Fire Giant, who has a flaming sword, by Andy James, Manager of Grosvenor Park. Phil had previously carved 'Ymir', also a Norse God, for the park. 'Surtr Flames' Height 2.75m. Flames - corten steel, Sword - brass and Surtr Mask - bronze.
Surtr is a frightening figure and the park is used by a wide range of people including families with young children, so the aim was to make Surtr look stern and powerful but not terrifying. The design shows his sword contained within the flames as if it were the core of his being. There are two fire birds to be discovered within the sculpture.
Phil visited the site to take photos and discuss what might be possible in terms of materials and approaches for the sculpture - to ensure it worked within the budget. Two maquettes were made and Diane's 'Surtr Flames' was selected. Phil drew up the technical drawings for the project, and Paul Janes, owner of PJ Engineering, worked on these for his computer programme - to enable the design to be cut from the corten sheets. The flames were welded in place after discussion with the artists. Ben Collins interpreted what was required, and was very helpful in altering a couple of elements to improve the design, he also fabricated the brass sword. The corten was sprayed with the safe Corten Plus Rust Accelerator which worked a treat. Diane modelled the mask in clay, Dorota Rapacz made the mould, and Diane the wax. Castle Fine Arts Foundry cast the mask into bronze - Phil from the foundry can be seen patinating it in the photo. The concrete base was installed by B&E Fabrications ltd, and the sculpture was transported and installed by specialist Damon Bramley with Phil's assistance.
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