Today was the big day, Encompass was unveiled in Greenwich by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
I have been fortunate enough to see my sculptures travel to many parts of the world. The opportunity to deliver a commission in the heart of Greenwich, my home for the past thirty years, feels like a joyous return in the wake of a long voyage of my own.
Commissioned by the Crown Charity, Greenwich Hospital, this powerful work is made up of 210 figures, which form an open bronze sphere. The individuals represent serving and retired personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who receive support from the charity.
Each individual is unique and has been moulded and impressed with objects and words that reference their lives and locations. They form a protective shield that travels up the sphere culminating in a domed roof, which is a reference to the architectural style of Sir Christopher Wren, who originally designed The Royal Navel College , in Greenwich.