Artist David Freedman created this beautiful, ghostly deer sculpture deep in a UK forest. He was asked by the UK Forestry Commission to make a piece for the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire, England as part of a sensory trail, which make would make it accessible to people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Despite being easy to access, the sculpture is set back from the pathway so that it appears deep in the forest.
“I chose the fallow deer to represent the local wildlife and I designed it to be more of a shadow or ‘spirit of a deer' than a lifelike representation,” he tells us. “I wanted to give viewers the sensation you get when you chance upon a secretive animal in the distance, silent and camouflaged. Hence he is not intended to be a solid object.
“The piece took about two months to construct, using hand forged wrought iron. It stands about 9 feet tall in total and it has been galvanised for long term protection. The galvanising process produces a bright shiny finish, so I dulled this with a mild acid to a more aged, tarnished finish.”