Chicken-Wire Lion Sculptures by Kendra Haste

Chicken-Wire Animal Sculptures by Kendra Haste

Kendra Haste Working on Elephant Head Chicken-Wire Sculpture

Kendra Haste created her first wire animal sculpture over 20 years ago back in 1993 and has been perfecting her art ever since. The sculptures have a startling resemblance to the animals they’re based on while also remaining decidedly minimalistic due to the simple chicken-wire material used.

Chicken-Wire Monkey Sculptures by Kendra Haste

Hare Wire Sculpture by Kendra Haste

What interests me most about studying animals is identifying the spirit and character of the individual creatures. I try to create a sense of the living, breathing subject in a static 3-D form, attempting to convey the emotional essence without indulging in the sentimental or anthropomorphic.Kendra Haste

Stag Wire Sculpture by Kendra Hastes

Royal Beasts Kendra Haste Scultpure Commission for Tower of London

In 2010 she was commissioned to create a series of 13 animal sculptures around the Tower of London that will remain on show through until 2021. This series features a magnificent pair of lion sculptures which is fitting as it is widely known that these were actually kept at this historic site throughout the Middle Ages.

Chicken-Wire Lion Sculptures by Kendra Haste

But in fact the series is actually based entirely on the Tower of London’s famous Royal Menagerie and includes some of the lesser known members. This includes a polar bear received as a gift from the King of Norway in 1251 that apparently swam in the Thames catching fish, as well as baboons and an elephant.

Group of Baboon Sculptures by Kendra Haste Royal Menagerie

Life-Size Wire Giraffe Sculpture by Kendra Haste

You can see more of Kendra Haste’s chicken wire animal sculptures on her website here.

Male Lion Wire Sculpture by Kendra Haste for Tower of London Exhibition

Prowling Lioness Chicken-Wire Sculpture by Kendra Hastes

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