The buzzard has been commissioned through a legacy left by two very keen bird watchers for the new chemotherapy unit North Devon District Hospital. The steel bird sculpture just over life size (2.1m wingspan) is in the garden of the Seamoor Unit, sitting atop a wooden post 3.5m high.
Mild steel was used as the main material for the sculpture, which will not endure outdoor living for long without protection. The piece was treated with Tourmaline after galvanising and wire wool back. Galvanizing was used to keep as natural an aesthetic as possible.
Bill and Peach Shaw’s inspiration comes from experience and surroundings, as they live in Northam, North Devon. Mild steel is the main material employed in constructing their sculptures, hot dip galvanizing being often employed for finishing pieces.
Images © Bill and Peach Shaw.