Artist: Jemma Pearson Medium: bronze Height: 39 cm Base: 16 x 19 cm Patina: Traditional Brown
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This bronze maquette is the cast of the original design for the overlife size statue of Charles Darwin situated in Shrewsbury School and unveiled by Sir David Attenborough in 2000 who described Darwin as the most well known old boy of any school any where Jemma wanted the statue to be a source of inspiration to the school boys and for them to make a connection with the strong and energetic young man, robust and physically in this prime, as he was during his adventurous voyage on "The Beagle". The details of the sculpture relate to his collecting forays on the Galápagos Islands. He carries his notebook, flask, geological hammers, stick and pistol, with his pockets and satchel full of specimens. The setting of an outcrop of Galápagos volcanic rock with the accompanying marine iguanas, crabs and finch are a foil to this image of the man lost in deep thought and vision.