Kendra Haste

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Kendra Haste working on the Waterloo station elephant sculpture.

Kendra Haste (born 1971) is a British wildlife sculptor who produces both public and privately commissioned sculpture using galvanised chicken wire mesh to create wire sculptures of wild animals. She is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Society of Animal Artists. She lives in Surrey, England.


Detailed photo of the head of a timber wolf made by Kendra Haste in which the details of individual wires can be seen.
Detail of Haste's wire work on a timber wolf sculpture.

Haste was born in 1971 in Putney, England, where she grew up.[1][2][3] She graduated from the Wimbledon College of Art in 1990, and in 1993 earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in illustration from the Camberwell College of Arts.[3]

Haste went on to graduate from the Royal College of Art,[4] where she first became interested in wire sculpture, using galvanised wire mesh over a steel armature, later on using the wire mesh as sculpting material on its own for indoor work.[5] Haste's sculptures are generally created by building up many layers of wire mesh over the steel armature skeleton, spray finished with enamel paint.[4]

In 1999, her sculpture of a baboon won the BBC Wildlife Art Award.[3]

Kendra Haste lives in Surrey, UK.[6]

Historic Royal Palaces commission[edit]

In 2010 Haste was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces to create a series of pieces, (thirteen in total), which tell the story of the Royal Menagerie that had existed at the Tower of London from 1210 until 1833. Throughout the 600 years that there was a menagerie at the Tower of London, apes and monkeys were always a feature. Baboons roamed the Tower freely until, in 1833, a child was killed by their aggressive behaviour. Soon after, the entire menagerie was moved to Regent's Park, to become what is today the London Zoo. Using research from the Tower of London archives, Haste returned the animals to their original locations around the Tower.[7][8][9]

Waterloo Elephant[edit]

The elephant at Waterloo Station between two arches.
Haste's Elephant at Waterloo tube station.

Haste's Waterloo Elephant was originally commissioned by the London Underground as part of its Platform for Art programme and set up at the Gloucester Road tube station. After the success of Haste's "Underground Safari" pieces, the London Underground purchased the African elephant sculpture and installed it near the ticket hall of a new Jubilee line extension at the Waterloo tube station. The new location is on the site of the old Astley's Amphitheatre – sometimes considered the world's first circus ring – where in 1828 an elephant that was part of the show was frightened and blundered into the crowd.[10][11]



Haste's solo exhibitions include:


Haste's participation in group exhibitions include:

Other works[edit]

Bison Head, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wyoming.
Rhinoceros installed at Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley, UK.

Other works by Haste include:

Awards and affiliations[edit]

Haste won the Artists for Nature Foundation Award (where she is a member)[21] in 1997, the Dale Rowney Illustration award in 1998, and the BBC Wildlife Art Award in 1999.[3] Haste is featured among 95 sculptors in Guy Portelli's book "Modern British Sculpture".[3][22]

Haste is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.[23][24][25]


  1. ^ Haste, Kendra. "Biography". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ Haste, Kendra. "Statement". Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Portelli, Guy (2005). Modern British Sculpture. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. pp. 298–300. ISBN 0764321110.
  4. ^ a b Jobson, Christopher (February 16, 2015). "Lifelike Galvanized Wire Animal Sculptures by Kendra Haste". Colossal. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview With Magnificent Sculptor Kendra Haste". Taylor Holmes inc. March 6, 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ Art, Patrick Davies Contemporary. "Artist Biography - Patrick Davies Contemporary Art". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Historical Royal Palaces Awards Sculpture Commission to Kendra Haste". August 9, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Royal Beasts Return to the Tower of London". Historic Royal Palaces. May 1, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Jeffs, Lotte (May 19, 2011). "Tall Tales". London Evening Standard. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Brown, Matt (October 2015). "Why is There an Elephant in Waterloo Station". Londonist. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Hanson, Kyra (7 November 2016). "7 Things You Might Not Have Done in Waterloo Station". Londonist. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  12. ^ "NDUTU : Kendra Haste, New Sculpture & Drawings, November 17-29, 2003". Davies & Tooth (2003). Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  13. ^ "NDUTU : Kendra Haste". British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 28 October 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Checkout Fitch's Ark". 19 April 1996. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Illustration". Royal College of Art. 1998. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Tusk Masters". October 3, 2000. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "Let's Dance! Animals - Art and Design Exhibition". (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Kendra Haste – Rhino at Cannon Hall". May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Cannon Hall's New Residents" (PDF). Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. August 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  20. ^ Jones, Isa (September 28, 2016). "Bison sculpture honors two mountaineers". Jackson Hole News&Guide. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  21. ^ "India". Artists for Nature Foundation. 1997. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "Modern British Sculpture". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Kendra Haste". Society of Wildlife Artists - SWLA. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  24. ^ "Members". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  25. ^ "The Society of Animal Artists Membership". Society of Animal Artists. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2017.

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