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.
Moving an image into sculpture has always been a long journey
of exploration for me.
For any sculpture, it starts with a lot of looking, and even
Once I feel that I had an idea of what I want the sculpture
to be, I draw up a rough idea of the sculpture and pick the
I then start to build the character, stopping only occasionally
to refer to source materials to validate that an idea was true
to the subject.
All the while, I draw.
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.
This, Toad, is the second sculpture in the series.
Toad 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.