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Grandpa Dragon. Pal Tiya Premium. 2013

I designed this dragon to be a counterpoint to the constantly portrayed angry and violent animals. Dragons cannot be angry all the time. They get old, settle down with the grandkids and enjoy a quiet moment in the sun. He weighs 3 tons and was made with readily available materials by a team of volunteers under my direction. I often use projects like this to introduce artists to new techniques and the joy of sculpting. The "stone-like" ageing, weathering, and lichens were deliberate.
Grandpa now resides in the gardens of Wellington Zoo, New Zealand.
Height: 7 feet. 2012-2013.

A lifesize gentle, elderly dragon sculpture, basking in a warm patch of sun.

A lifesize gentle, elderly dragon sculpture, basking in a warm patch of sun.

Kim and warren Beaton - for scale.

Kim and warren Beaton - for scale.

Basic dragon shaping done with tinfoil between "ribs" made of Pal Tiya Premium. Ready for "structural" and detail coats of PTP.

Basic dragon shaping done with tinfoil between "ribs" made of Pal Tiya Premium. Ready for "structural" and detail coats of PTP.