The Swans of Wells was a public art event featuring 60 large swan sculptures decorated by different artists that were placed around the beautiful city of Wells in Somerset during the summer of 2012. The swan sculptures were then auctioned and the proceeds from the event went to support local charities.
The Bishop's Palace is the stunning medieval moated residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and I was delighted when Dee, the wife of Bishop Peter Price, asked me to decorate their swan. A swan is such a beautiful bird that I decided to keep her as a swan and create a story around her. So I built a nest of stainless steel leaves for her and put one in her beak so she's not just in the nest, she's also building it. Then I wrote the short poem which tells her story. The final part of my plan was to have her sitting on the moat ....which became a feat of engineering in itself.
Individually wrapped greetings cards with images of Guinevere on the front and the poem on the back are available from my website - marlowsculpture.co.uk
I was one of the artists selected to decorate one of 80 large Gromit sculptures which were placed in and around the city of Bristol, UK., for Gromit Unleashed, a public art charity event organised by the Wallace and Gromit charity, The Grand Appeal. The sculptures, decorated by national and international artists and designers, go for auction in October 2013 to raise funds for the Bristol Children's hospital.
Why Sir Gromit?
Apart from the fact that he deserves a knighthood (can't think why Her Majesty hasn't done it yet), Gromit is such a much loved character that I felt it was only right to keep him as Gromit - don't change him, enhance him. So I decided to make him into a medieval knight with full suit of armour in stainless steel with his standard at his side.
I then wrote a short children's story inspired by the sculpture: Brynn the Beagle in a Knight's Tale.
Brynn the Beagle can be seen on my website: marlowsculpture.co.uk
This is a short film about artist and sculptor, Ian Marlow. Ian is based in Somerset and is well known for his sculptures influenced by wildlife and nature. Ian created Guinevere for the Swans of Wells project, which is sited on the moat outside the Bishop's Palace, Wells. Ian is currently working on a Gromit Unleashed sculpture.