This was commissioned at the end of 2018, so a great way to kick off 2019.
On the subject of Wildebeests - what funny animals they are. Noel Coward poked fun at them with his song “I’m a Gnu” - which is the popular term (outside of Africa it seems). They have a look to them that is endeering. Ugly to some, but they do seem to be unusually put together. A loping run, or a panicked stampede in the case of the Masai Mara migration. They have this hump of fat and muscle over their shoulders, and rather small hindquarters in comparison. Long faces, very unique noses with a large flap of indented flesh, rather than the usual protruding nose that everyone else seems to have. I’m sure (because nature always has a plan) that it is for a very good evolved reason, but it looks odd.
And there they stand and watch, and watch and watch, body sideways, in that classic pose, and then they bolt.
And if you want to see them in all their flying glory, you must google the migration in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Having to leap across a crocodile infested Mara river in flood to get to the feeding grounds in the Serengeti plains in the south. (See Wildebeest 2 leaping)
This sculpture is completed and delivered! Standing 27cms at the shoulder, so one of my largest bronzes to date.