|Detail of the head of the original maquette|
Photo © Rose Lewis DEA&P
Sculptor Georgie Welch brought four months of detailed work to a successful conclusion on January 4th with the final acceptance of her original maquette of Valegro by Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Alan Davies. In a short interview featuring Valegro and the maquette Carl described it as a “most beautiful piece of work” and went on to explain how the whole team at Oaklebrook Mill were delighted with Georgie’s work and couldn’t wait to see the final half-life sculpture installed in Newent Town Centre in order to “keep Valegro’s memory and all his wonderful wins alive in our area”.
Acting on feedback from Charlotte and Carl during previous visits Georgie had made some small adjustments to the maquette as well as adding a signature plate in the arena sand featured at the base of the sculpture. A limited edition of 12 bronze maquettes is now being produced by Georgie for fund raising and to act as a reference for the half-life sculpture.
The plastiline and wax maquette has been safely handed over to the Talos Art Foundry in Hampshire to create the first three editions of the bronze maquettes. It is aimed to have one of the maquettes available for display at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury (3 to 7 April 2019).