Inspired by the work of American miniaturist Louis Paul Jonas, four years ago rally driver, taxidermist and animal collector, Robert Glen turned his hand to casting bronze sculptures.
SV INTERIOR Robert Glen working on a group of Caribou for the Ontario Museum in Toronto
CU Glen scraping plasticine from neck of reindeer (2 shots)
SV Glen (in backgound) working on reindeer group (in foreground)
CU Glen attaching ear to model elephant and shaping tusks and eye of model (4 shots)
SV African workers pouring molten bronze into castings
CU-African worker puts finshing touches to bronze water buffalo (2 shots)
SV ZOOM TO Bronze animal sculpture displayed in garden
CU Lion, rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo (4 shots)
CU Bronze figure of African hunter with long-bow, surrounded by bronze animals (2 shots)
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Background: Inspired by the work of American miniaturist Louis Paul Jonas, four years ago rally driver, taxidermist and animal collector, Robert Glen turned his hand to casting bronze sculptures.
His subjects are the species of wildlife found in his native Kenya, and members of the East African tribes living in the area. Glen was born of Scottish parents thirty-five years ago in Nairobi, and his early interest in local animals and birds is now proving very profitable.
Originally the bronze figures -- measuring up to two and a half feet long (76 cms) and one and a half feet high (46 cms) -- were cast in the United Kingdom, but in 1974 Glen established his own foundry in his home in the Nairobi suburb of Langata. It is the only one of its type in East Africa and Glen has trained local men in the melting and casting process.
Accuracy of detail, plus the fact that a maximum of ten castings are made of each model, has made Robert Glen's work much sought after. High production costs ensure that each sculpture is not cheap, but Glen has enough new work commissioned to keep him busy for a long time to come. At the moment he is preparing a model of several caribou for the Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.