Fairies are real and alive--or at least, they appear that way in sculptor Robin Wight's Fantasywire, a series of lifelike stainless steel fairy sculptures. Currently on show at the Trentham Gardens, each of these incredible wind-blown fairies appear as though they're caught in mid-motion, dramatically clutching a dandelion as the wind rips fluffy stems from the seed head. Wight also gives each fairy a message-inscribed stone "heart,” which is buried inside their steel chest.
According to the Staffordshire-based artist, Fantasywire was inspired by an “inexplicable real life encounter” that spurred the development of these magical galvanized and stainless steel sculptures. Since each sculpture is site-specific, Wight starts his process by examining the installation site and identifying whether or not the fairy should be attached to an existing landscape element like a tree. After deciding on a location and a pose, Wight will sculpt the skeleton out of thick wires and use progressively thinner wires to form the flesh and wings.
Wight is generous about sharing the tricks of his craft and includes a step-by-step building process on his website. Although Wight mostly makes larger sculptures that measure over three feet tall, he also sells DIY starter kits for people interested in making smaller wire fairies.
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