Wednesday, 14 April 2010

LS2000 - Millennium Owl

Today's image appears as a response to Leeds Daily Photo blog.

When Millennium Square was created in 1999-2000, by the Civic Architect John Thorp, two new owls were commissioned to stand on Portland stone obelisks at the entrance to the Civic Hall. Apparently the largest platform crane in the country at that time was used to take photographs of the original Art Deco owls on the top of the building.

The bronze was cast and the gilding applied in High Wycombe. There are no bronze foundries in Leeds. Were there ever?

This owl was made by Beryl Smith in goldwork. Kid was cut to shape, padded underneath and stitched by hand.

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