This active piece pays homage to the pilots who flew so gallantly during the Second World War, providing a snapshot of Douglas Bader’s ‘Dogsbody’ section from RAF Westhampnett (now Goodwood Aerodrome and Motor Circuit) during July of 1941.
The four Spitfires of Douglas Bader, Alan Smith, James ‘Johnnie’ Johnson and Hugh ‘Cocky’ Dundas follow the traditional hunting call of their leader, Bader… “Tally-ho!”
Sculptor Gregory Percival believes that he has created a particularly unique piece, true to his intention of conveying a kinetic, moving subject in a sculpture that captures the flow and excitement of flight.
Instantly recognisable as a ‘Spit’, the original aircraft sculpture represents the Spitfire MKIIa, taking two weeks of crafting before the moulds could be made for casting. The dynamic base sculpture took five weeks to complete and was made using woods and clays to achieve the required ‘flow of air’. Each base is also cast by hand from moulds using 5 kg of clear resin glass before a further six days is spent on final finishing and polishing.
Composition: Four polished and patinated bronze Spitfires (18cm wingspan)
Base: Moulded resin glass
A limited edition of 25 pieces, each of them numbered, certificated and signed by the artist.