Wildlife creations Itchen Valley Country Park summer 2022
The countryside service at Eastleigh Borough Council commissioned me to create nine willow animals - squirrels and birds for their barn.
Their purpose was to provide interest for their visitors and to encourage children to look for the creatures that I made for them.
The animals needed to be attached high up on the wooden beams in the barn/ cafe area and needed to be secured in place.
I decided that they needed an internal metal spine and legs with spikes to go down into the beams. I used stainless steel for its anti-rusting properties and a variety of different willow strains for each of the sculptures.
We decided to create four grey squirrels in different positions and double the size and a kestrel, a tawny owl, two magpies and a woodpecker all of which can be found in the barn