|early concept design for Harris Manchester University weathervane|
|laying out copper, brass & bronze elements on the full-scale drawing.|
Obviously, getting the figure just right was a huge focus in the latter stages, but there were some fun details along the way; creating elements like his book, shoes, cap with tassel & of course the gown.
|small brass "Oxford" tag with copper rivets|
|"Harris Manchester College" stamped onto the chain wheel. Shoe lace detail.|
The final hurdle was the photo shoot. The vane was actually too big for a photo shoot anywhere in or around the studio, so even the client had to wait until the vane arrived to see the finished product. Some pictures of the components where emailed to tantalise them, but of course the weather took a turn for the worse in the final days, so only indoor shots were possible.
|The cycling Professor!|
|Cardinal letters with 8 inch spun copper ball.|
Luckily (as planned) the sun showed it's beautiful face en route to Oxford. We didn't want to cause an accident, but the first available lay-by proved our only choice for a few final reference shots. Ta-dah!
|Full Cyclist weathervane including the book in his right hand.|
...and then one for scale.
|Gordon Green holds the Oxford vane assembled!|