Sculptor Andrew Kay was ‘shaken but not stirred’ when he was asked to create a life-size giraffe for a cameraman on the James Bond movies. Andrew got the phone call completely out of the blue but within four weeks had finished the job and shipped it out to Luc Poullain’s home in Belgium. Luc, a stunt helicopter pilot whose film credits include Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig, had ordered the sculpture as a surprise birthday present for his wife and now it stands in pride of place in the garden of their Brussels townhouse.
Andrew, who creates life-size ‘charcoal sketches’ of animals in steel at his Kirkby Lonsdale studio, usually uses the creatures he sees on his daily walks in the local countryside as an inspiration.
His herds of deer can be seen in parks, country homes and estates across the world from Mauritius and the Ukraine to nearer home at Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve in Silverdale.
He set up his business at Lupton seven years ago and the commissions from around the globe have been coming in ever since.
The deer – he’s currently working on a new design of rutting stags – are his bestseller, but he also creates foxes, badgers, hares, stallions and any other animals his clients want.
Once his customers have one sculpture – made from up to 80 pieces of shaped steel – they often come back for more.
Trained at Leeds followed by a spell in Scandinavia where he honed his love of simple design, Andrew, 45, returned home to his native Lancashire and discovered he had found a niche market. He said: “It’s an international business but we are here in the middle of the countryside because we love it here.
“People from around the world seem to have heard about my work and we often get unusual commissions, although I never expected to have a link with James Bond.
“Shipping a 5.4 metre giraffe overseas was interesting to say the least!”
To see and find out more about Andrew’s sculptures go to www.andrewkaysculpture.com.