Hare 2Day, Gone 2Morrow

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About the Hare

Following on from last year’s sculpture, `Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow,’ The Ernest Cook Trust has embarked on an even more ambitious project for this year’s  Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail.
Last year’s hare was cut apart and then re-modelled by ECT Education Officer and sculptor Pete Tatham, along with students from Farmor’s School in Fairford. This year, further education students from Abingdon and Witney College are tackling the entire hare under Pete’s guidance to create a new design incorporating natural materials from ...
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Following on from last year’s sculpture, `Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow,’ The Ernest Cook Trust has embarked on an even more ambitious project for this year’s  Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail.

Last year’s hare was cut apart and then re-modelled by ECT Education Officer and sculptor Pete Tatham, along with students from Farmor’s School in Fairford. This year, further education students from Abingdon and Witney College are tackling the entire hare under Pete’s guidance to create a new design incorporating natural materials from the Trust’s estate.

The Ernest Cook Trust is an educational charity based in Fairford which owns country estates across five English counties. ECT works with children and young people from pre-school age to undergraduates – its vision is inspiring young people to achieve better educational and life outcomes by learning from the land.

On its Fairford Estate, the Trust has a well-equipped workshop for students who wish to develop practical skills with a view to employment. These workshop sessions are very hands-on, and use materials grown or sourced from the estate wherever possible.

This year’s hare uses unwanted ivy cut and stripped from trees on the estate, and then painstakingly shaped and bound around the hare to depict the intertwined relationships between animals and their environment.

Each piece of ivy is carefully chosen, sawn on a bandsaw and then shaped further on a large sanding machine before being bonded to the hare to slowly encapsulate it. Once the hare has had the ivy wrapped around it, the whole sculpture will be covered in a bronze resin and then rubbed back to reveal the bronze. This ambitious and experimental piece will hopefully create a truly unique sculpture for the Cotswolds AONB Hare trail.

 

Artist

students from Abingdon & Witney College working with Pete Tatham from the Ernest Cook Trust

Artist Biography

Pete Tatham is a professional sculptor who specialises in large sculptural works in a wide range of mediums. With a fine art background his work regularly blurs the lines between traditional and conceptual sculpture.