A large scale commission permanently sited at Gun Wharf, Portsmouth. Bronze. I wanted to make a defensive, protective sculpture in keeping with the history of Portsmouth harbour. His huge hands anchor him to the ground and his arms form a safe refuge. The echoing shapes of the fingers suggest the rhythms of the waves.
I'm delighted that children love crawling through the shapes and people of all ages clamber all over him. The patina on the bronze is being worn away in places, particularly on the hands which are an invitation for touch.
The sharp profiles of the sculpture are offset by the scraped and battle scarred surface.
He was intended to gaze broodingly at the horizon, watchful for enemies.
Actually, he sits at the harbour's edge staring across the water at Southampton.