I read “The Wind in the Willows” over 10 years ago, and yet
it was only in the last couple of years that I started to move
it into sculpture.
Making sculpture is a journey of discovery, as was Mole's
move to the riverbank. On Mole's journey, he introduces us
to a host of characters, including Mr. Toad.
My preoccupation has always been with Mole, who is an unassuming
character, yet the narrative thread of “The Wind in the Willows.” He
was the first sculpture completed.
Toad, the second sculpture in the series, is the opposite of mole, being bombastic and arrogant.
The piece is based on the time when he first encounters a car,
and having been dislodged from his wagon, sits in the middle
of the road, somewhat despondent “At intervals he was still
heard to murmur “Poop-poop!” Interestingly, this is one of
the few scenes that appear in all of “The Wind in the Willows” movies,
being the commencement for Toad's adventure in mischief.
The third sculpture is Badger:
He [Badger] had probably been on his way to bed when their
The Badger, who wore a long dressing-gown, and whose slippers
were indeed very down at heel, carried a flat candlestick
in his paw and had probably been on his way to bed when
their summons sounded. He looked kindly down on them and
patted both their heads. `This is not the sort of night for small animals
to be out,' he said paternally. `I'm afraid you've been up to some of
your pranks again, Ratty. But come along; come into the kitchen. There's
a first-rate fire there, and supper and everything.'