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