James Sutton - metal sheep sculptures in Branston village

New artwork unveiled for Branston heritage trail

27th November 2016

A new public artwork was unveiled in Branston this weekend at the village’s Christmas market.

artsNK worked with Branston Christmas Market committee, and Branston History group to commission artist James Sutton to design and create a new metal sculpture. Lincoln Longwool Sheep Heading for the Sheepwash features 3 metal sheep (2 adults and 1 lamb). The work is situated on Plough Corner in the village, near to the site of the old sheepwash.

James Sutton is a sculptor working in mainly stone and metal. He creates work for galleries and exhibitions and specialises in creating small scale public art. Local commissions include some sculptures at RAF Waddington and the Wragby Road Tesco store.

After familiarising himself with some Lincoln Longwools, James spent time drawing and modelling them from wire before going on to create a likeness using round steel bars, bending every curve by hand. The faces have been constructed from sheet, bar and weld and then each sheep was galvanised to make them weather proof. They were then patinated to soften their appearance. The ‘flock’ weighs in at around ½ a ton.

This latest creation is a great addition to the extensive village art & heritage trail, created over many years by artsNK working with the local history group, and the village community. The trail shares the story of the village, and the aim is to benefit the area with as much input from the local community as possible either through meaningful consultation or active artistic participation.

Existing artworks include The Wellsprings steel sculpture situated in the Sheepwash car park in the village centre, which is based on ideas put forward through a series of design workshops facilitated by artsNK with members of the village history group in 2007, and the Branston mosaic, for which artsNK and Branston history group worked with artist Alan Potter to create a mosaic time line highlighting details of historical events relating to Branston.

Nick Jones, Visual Arts Manager at artsNK commented.

‘We are pleased to continue our relationship with Branston village, and help commission another work for the village trail.  Both ourselves and the Christmas Market committee were delighted with the sculptures that James has produced. We hope local people, children and visitors will be able to enjoy this artwork for years to come.’

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