Sustainable Bird Sculptures
By Amanda Bradbury
Individually sculpted in recycled wire and cable, some with recycled or foraged wooden stands
Black-tailed Godwit: H: 44cm x W: 23cm
Lapwing (Pecking): H: 20cm x W: 29cm
Lapwing (Standing): H: 32cm x W: 29cm
Amanda's wire bird sculptures are intriacate and densely-woven with keen observational details too ensure they are anatomically correct.
You can see her technical illustration training shining through, as well as her 20+ years working at the Slimbridge wetland bird conservation centre, in her ability to capture the expressive stance of each animal and her clever use of iridescent and coloured wires and painted highlights.
Each bird has a sturdy chicken wire armature and a stable stand, either on their own feet or on a foraged or recycled piece of wood.
ABOUT AMANDA BRADBURY
Inspired by nature, artist, sculptor and environmentalist, Amanda Bradbury, celebrates the beauty of birds through her colourful, flowing acrylic paintings, which illustrate the relationship between wildlife and the landscape, and her intricate wire sculptures.
Her work is developed from observational sketches made in the field.
Although she has been painting and making all her life and became a professional illustrator and graphic designer for a number of years, her calling was to work in conservation. After over 20 years at the Slimbridge wetland conservation centre, she is now a full-time artist, using her sound understanding of ecology and the natural world to help inform her compositions and sculptures.
Ten years ago Amanda started making wire sculptures – a practical and creative departure when she inherited lots of old computer cable and printing aluminium sheets from her late father.
Her sculptures capture the natural behaviour and character of the subject, using upcycled waste wire, cable and other unwanted materials to reflect her passion to minimise her impact on the environment. The cables are stripped by hand or left intact, depending on the desired colour or texture wanted.