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I carved Horace
from a 47.5 kg block of Ancaster Limestone that was
given to me by my local city councillor Damian
Tunnecliffe. When Damian visited my Open Studio in
July 2014, and saw that I work with limestone, he
kindly offered me a block of stone that had been
lying around his garden for years.
The block was weathered to a dark grey when it
arrived but, under the surface, I found a pale
creamy stone with a pattern of curving lines that I
followed until the form of a barn owl began to
appear. These curving lines are now visible on the
owl's chest and back.
Although small particles of
fossils and shells can often be seen in
Ancaster limestone, Horace's
surface is relatively free
He is 45cms (17.75")
high, measures 73cms (28.75") around the
base, and weighs
32kg (105 lb).
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