Working to commission – demanding yet exhilarating

This is where I was in September 2014. It seems a long time ago now. Patiently awaiting permissions for an unnamed sculpture in a yet unnamed site. I can now share that it is for a larger than life sculpture of Sir Nigel Gresley, the acclaimed engineer, to be sited adjacent to his former offices at London’s King’s Cross. Follow my blog as I write about gaining the permissions and share photos of the maquette-making process.

Hazel Reeves

Cross your fingers for me. Next year could be an extraordinary year for my sculpting career.  But there are no guarantees when it comes to commissions.

Working on public art commissions can be demanding and frustrating. Many hours are invested upfront without any guarantee of winning the commission. Sleepless nights as the ideas buzz around your head, for the perfect sculpture, in the perfect location. Negotiations with the clients can be exhausting. So why do I bother? Yes, it is always a challenge. Yes, there is always a steep learning curve, with a different subject, a different brief, a different client. But working to commission can also be exhilarating and highly rewarding.

Winning this first stage of my current commission was very exciting. For this, I needed to initially produce three maquettes (or small preparatory studies) of potential poses for the proposed 7-foot final bronze sculpture. Fortunately we all favoured…

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