Last night Woking Council launched the Wells in Woking celebrations of the Borough's connection with H.G. Wells and the 150th anniversary of Wells' birth. I was invited to join the launch at The Lightbox gallery in Woking where a special visual celebration has just opened. This exhibition includes a brilliant range of pictures submitted from a public competition to produce original screen prints inspired by the Wells in Woking celebrations. The two winning designs by Neville Godwin and David Dragon are both fantastic.
The exhibition also includes my original maquette of the H.G. Wells statue. Its an exciting moment to now have the design on public display. The maquette is a draft, sketch version of the sculpture, and this version is cast in aluminium with some added wooden elements. This maquette was produced as part of my proposal, so following my commission and discussions with the council there will be some differences between this and the final public statue to better suit its public setting and larger size. The final statue will be made out of bronze, not aluminium with the cavorite sphere being plated in chrome.
The launch was a great event and opportunity to meet the many people involved in the Wells in Woking celebrations. As a long standing H.G. Wells fan I was particularly pleased to meet members of his family who attended the event. It's not all been drinks and excitement though, and I'm in the final stages of the clay sculpture before moulding and casting stages need to begin. As the design is released I 'll be updating the blog with more pictures of the sculpture soon.
This stage also marks my first foray into the world of social media and you can now follow me on facebook (facebook.com/wesleyharlandsculptor) and twitter (@sculptorwes). I'm not used to expressing myself in 140 characters so please bear with me while I get up to speed with it!