Theatre Royal Plymouth announces UK’s largest bronze sculpture
Theatre Royal Plymouth have announced that “Messenger” the UK’s largest bronze sculpture will be installed in front of the theatre on Royal Parade in Plymouth in Spring 2019. The monumental sculpture catches a young female actor in mid-performance, embodying the energy and creativity at the heart of the Theatre Royal and cultural life in Plymouth.
Weighing in at nine and a half tonnes with a height of seven metres (23ft) and nine metres (30ft) wide, Messenger is the largest lost-wax cast bronze sculpture to be cast in the UK and by far the largest bronze sculpture by volume at 25.6 metres cubed. Commissioned by the Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of a 7.5 million pound regeneration project which saw the theatre reopened in 2013, “Messenger” has been created by the acclaimed contemporary artist and sculptor Joseph Hillier.
Messenger is currently in the process of being cast at the Castle Fine Arts Foundry in the Welsh village of Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant, using the ancient technique of lost wax casting, and is due for completion in Spring 2019. Made from over 200 bronze panels, each section of the sculpture must be cast individually before being welded together by over 30 master craftsmen at the foundry.