Following in My Fathers Footsteps – Quail Family.

2019

Cast bronze

Regal foundry

Male Quail and two Chicks

Originally this was a private commission for my uncle, Stephen Rodgers. It then developed into a limited edition, first exhibited at the 2019-20 Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens Indoor exhibition.

Made to celebrate the California Quail families living in Cromwell, South Canterbury, I developed the idea further to include the father and 2 chicks, representing my uncle and his 2 daughters.

When I began sculpting the male quail I was concerned that the birds lack of shape and heavy colouration would create a boring sculpture and a difficult patina. As a way of combating this I began adding detail to the birds body. This eventually resulted in the detailed realism of the work.