I bought a copper covered wooden fire surround about 30 years ago. After about 10 years I threw it our on hard rubbish and then had second thoughts and retrieved it. When my daughters were young I bought them a book to read to them “ The Ugly Duckling” On reading it I felt some very deep emotion within myself when the Duckling first heard the wild cries of the swans flying overhead. With this story resonating within me I decided to use the fire surround in a sculpture of the ugly duckling. It was mounted on a large piece of steel and there it stood in my garden all alone for the next 15 years or so. Then last year I found another copper fire surround. I tried to make another bird sculpture with it but it annoyed me and it didn’t look resolved. So a few weeks ago I took both sculptures out of the garden and with a friend I pulled the second sculpture apart and integrated it with the first sculpture. When I had finnished I had the Ugly Duckling standing under a sign post facing a new direction.
So as a metaphor for my life I find this sculpture to be very significant for me.