The Diamond Jubilee sculpture (detail) in Rosebank Gardens, Great Malvern
Walenty Pytel is a Polish-born contemporary artist based in the United Kingdom, recognised as a leading metal sculptor of birds and beasts. His creations are often inspired by nature and his artworks include the Jubilee Fountain in New Palace Yard, Westminster, a piece titled Take Off which is located at Birmingham Airport and Europe’s largest (in 1979) metalwork sculpture, The Fossor, at the headquarters of J. C. Bamford in Rocester, Staffordshire.
The Fossor, which takes its name from the Latin for "digger" is the most significant of the sculptures around the JCB site at Rocester. The piece is made entirely of digger parts and is a powerful representation of JCB. It weighs 36 tonnes, stands 45 feet high and was the largest steel sculpture in Europe at the time of its creation in 1979.
Take Off was erected at Birmingham Airport in 1985 and stands in a roundabout on the approach road to the airport. It is 1.4 m (4.6 ft) tall. The unpolished steel sculpture of three egrets was designed to commemorate forty years of peace in Europe.
In 2001 Pytel completed a sculpture of a magpie for the village of Weobley in Herefordshire (a magpie is the village's emblem). The sculpture was commissioned after the village won the Calor Gas/Daily Telegraph Great Britain Village of the Year in 1999.
In 2005 Pytel was commissioned to create four huge steel eagles for Portuguese club Benfica, which would be displayed at their Estádio da Luz. Measuring 147 feet (45 m) from wingtip to wingtip each bird had its own specially build 150 feet (46 m) column at each corner of the stadium.
In December 2008 the Hereford Times reported that Pytel would design a sculpture for the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford which he would create using an original drawing produced by a student at the college. At the time he was seeking inspiration to restart his career following a fall in 2006 which had resulted in a loss of memory. The piece, depicting a man running in the Futurist style and titled the 4Runner was unveiled in September 2009 and stands on a 14 feet (4.3 m) plinth outside the entrance of the college's sports and leisure complex.
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