Kirkby Lonsdale sculptor brings wolves back to Cumbria

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian
Sculptor Andrew Kay stands alongside his lone wolf metal sculpture on the hills above Kendal, Cumbria (formerly Cumberland and Westmorland).
The last wolf in Britain was killed at nearby Humphrey Head in the former county of Westmorland in the 14th century.
There is a contemporary line of thought that the re-introduction of wolves would be beneficial to Britain's eco-system.
Andrew's  work is collected throughout the world.
25.2.2016
Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian Sculptor Andrew Kay stands alongside his lone wolf metal sculpture on the hills above Kendal, Cumbria (formerly Cumberland and Westmorland). The last wolf in Britain was killed at nearby Humphrey Head in the former county of Westmorland in the 14th century. There is a contemporary line of thought that the re-introduction of wolves would be beneficial to Britain's eco-system. Andrew's work is collected throughout the world. 25.2.2016

Award-winning sculptor Andrew Kay is helping wolves make a comeback to his native Cumbria.

Andrew, who sells his animal sculptures around the world, decided to stop using local wildlife as his inspiration and concentrate on his love of wolves for his new design. “I’ve had a long fascination with wolves and the pros and cons of the current rewilding debate so I decided to create this sculpture in my spare time. I put the initial design on Twitter and had the most amazing response,” said Andrew who works at his studio in Lupton, near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The last grey wolf in England was reputedly killed on Humphrey Head near Cartmel in the 14th Century; King Edward I ordered all wolves to be killed during his reign but it’s said the last wolf was killed on the limestone outcrop decades after his death in 1307.

“I don’t live too far from Cartmel so always knew of the wolf legend growing up and it’s great that my sculpture has ignited interest in the story all over again – I even had The Times get in contact,” he said.

Andrew creates lifesize ‘charcoal sketches of animals in steel’ for stately homes and gardens across the globe.

There are now 12,000 wolves in Europe and despite a controversial rewilding debate there are no plans to re-introduce them to England.

To see more of Andrew’s work go to www.andrewkaysculpture.com