In an earlier post, I explained that the ‘dolphin’ lampposts did not really represent true dolphins, or even porpoises, but sturgeons, although most people – including me – persist in calling them dolphin lampposts. But this blog post is all about true dolphins. The two evocative sculptures of dolphins with acrobatic children were designed in 1973 and 1975 by David Wynne (1926-2014). Wynne made numerous sculptures of animals and he knew what he was doing. He had read zoology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and for the dolphin sculptures he spent hours under water studying the movements of dolphins. That is not to say that his work was favourably received by all; some considered him an upstart who ‘never even went to art school’. Personally, I could not care less whether anyone follows the accepted educational route, or manages to get to the end result by a circuitous or unlikely route; it is the result that counts and Wynne certainly manages to impress me with his work. A lot has been written about him and his work, so I will just post the photos I took of his two dolphin sculptures: the boy at Cheyne Walk and the girl near the Tower. The weather was not all that brilliant, although the raindrops on the boy’s body suggest even more the watery dolphin environment than sunshine would do. You can find better quality pictures online, but these will have to do for this post. If you want to read more about Wynne or his work, some links can be found at the bottom of this post.
View from the Mirror
Small silver version of Boy with Dolphin
Book: Jonathan Stone, The Sculpture of David Wynne 1974-1992 (1993)
Book: David Elliott, Boy with a Dolphin: The Life and Work of David Wynne (2010)