Greg Percival ‘Tally-Ho’
This piece pays homage to the brave pilots who flew so gallantly during the Second World War, providing a snapshot of Douglas Baders ‘Dogsbody’ section flying from RAF Westhampnett during July of 1941. The four MKIIa. Spitfire’s of Douglas Bader, Alan Smith, Johnnie Johnson and Cocky Dundas follow the call of their leader, Bader… ‘Tally-ho’!
Sculpture Size dimensions (CM)
|L:72 W:46 D:35|
Approx Weight 7.5kg
When creating the original sculpture of the Spitfire, Gregory wanted to produce an instantly recognisable impression of a ‘Spit’.
Each solid bronze hand cast Spitfire is individually polished and patinated with a wingspan of 18cm. This sculpture work took 2 weeks of crafting before the moulds could be made to cast the waxes. These pieces were then sent to the foundry for the lost wax investment casting process. The base is also cast by hand from moulds using 5 kg of glass clear casting resin. A further 10 days is spent on final finishing and polishing.
This initial sculpture took 5 weeks to complete and is made using woods and sculpting clays to acheive the ‘flow of air’ required. Gregory believes that he has created a particularly unique piece, true to his intention of conveying a kinetic/moving subject in a sculpture that captures the flow and excitment of flight.
The first artist’s proof was donated to the RAFA Wings Appeal, with all proceeds going to the charity. ‘Flight ‘Break, Break’!