This is my new book sculpture “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens”, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company for an exhibition at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, opening on 5th October.
In this novel, Peter Pan is just a baby who flies from his nursery window and ends up in the famous Kensington Gardens in the heart of London, enjoying a series of adventures with the birds and the fairies. With this sculpture, I wanted to bring out the whimsical nature of the book and to draw out the ethereal qualities of many of the characters. For example, the fairy who sews skeleton leaves to make summer curtains, the trees that go for a walk round the park each evening and the Lord Chamberlain, who always carries a dandelion clock in case the Queen of the Gardens wishes to know the time!
To do justice to the book, I felt it was important to draw out the playfulness of Barrie’s story and to reflect both the captivating charm of Peter’s new friends and his sense of wonderment as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of both his immediate surroundings and of the world itself.