Max the miracle dog statue

Detail showing the sculpting of thhe paws of Max the miracle dog sculpture
Paw detail from Max the miracle dog’s statue by Kirsty Armstrong

Some examples of work by sculptor KirstyArmstrong
An update on The Max the miracle dog statue.

I‘m the sculptor of the Max the miracle dog statue. I’ve been a sculptor for more than 30 years and in that time I’ve made all sorts of things! I’ve sculpted animals for figurine manufacturing companies. I’ve designed and produced the annual awards for ‘General Electric’ in the USA. I’ve made Spitfire sculptures, one of which was given to the squadron leader of the Battle of Britain memorial flight. HRH Prince Charles even has one of my copper red squirrels!

Work by sculptor Kirsty Armstrong

However, in September last year (2020) I was given my biggest commission yet; I was chosen to sculpt a rather special spaniel called Max…. Max the miracle dog. It was to be a life size bronze sited in a public park in Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.

Sculpting the original…

As I live and work in Cumbria I was able to work very closely with Max and his owner, Kerry Irving. Every stage of the project was broadcast to Max’s huge following all over the world via his ‘Max out in the Lake District’ page.

I have to admit that at times this proved extremely stressful, for both me and Kerry! And so at Christmas I made the decision to withdraw from the glare and to get back to just ‘sculpting’. The ‘process’ then began to be enjoyable again after I stopped worrying so much about people’s reactions to a ‘work in progress’!

Finished at last …

At the beginning of February I finished the sculpture. We drove the finished Max wax original through the snow over the Pennines to Aron McCartney at the McART Studios  where Max was to be converted into bronze.

Little glimpses of my work have been shown to Max’s adoring fans, but the whole piece won’t be seen until the day of the unveiling. So far, people seem to particularly like my sculpting of his paws and his ‘chops’.

So here are a couple of shots of ‘wax-Max’ while I was sculpting him.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting to hear when the unveiled will take place, and a local slate mine near Keswick is working on a bench which the bronze Max will sit on.

Getting my life back to normal…

I’ve opened up my online shops again and I’m busy making up orders. I’ve also started to sculpt some new pieces of my own.  A swimming otter is first on my list…

Kirsty (Sculptor of the Max the miracle dog statue)

Detail of the Max the miracle dog sculpture
Paw detail from Max the miracle dog’s statue by Kirsty Armstrong
Max the miracle dog statue
Underneath the chin of the Max the miracle dog sculpture.

 

 

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