Isla the Fowey bird sculpture also known as Rook With A Book was created by Cornwall based sculptors Thrussells father and son art practise.
In 2014, Fowey Chamber of Commerce approached Thrussells and asked if they would like to put forward a sculptural concept for the town centre, the objective to attract more visitors to the town and start a new arts based culture in the town.
Thrussells were given the opportunity to display a piece of artwork in the town centre for a period of time to get the ball rolling and inspire the town to commission a piece in the future.
Thrussells agreed to loan a piece to the town and create a new unique piece for this purpose. The idea slowly grew and they settled on creating a one off bird sculpture based on the theme of a local famous writer Daphne Du Maurier.
Daphne Du Maurier wrote many famous books that were also adopted into film by Alfred Hitchcock. One of the most famous films that were adapted was ‘The Birds’.
The Birds became the theme for the sculpture. In 2017, the sculpture was nearing completion and in that time the local literature festival got involved and adopted the bird as part of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. This festival is one of the best in the county and by far the biggest in Cornwall.
On the 19th of March 2018 the unveiling to the town was well covered by local newspapers, radio and TV. Thrussells have given the sculpture to the town on loan for two years. The bird is constructed of mild steel sheet and finished in hot dip galvanised and finally t-washed and waxed.
The entire piece weighs 172 kg and stands 2 m tall by 2.5 m long from beak to tale.
Images © Thomas Thrussell