Queen Bee

8.5cm in diameter
Marion Smith RSA

2014          Edition of 7, of which 6 are available.


QUEEN BEE  is part of a series of small-scale medals in cast bronze.  The series was commissioned by  TRACKS, The Rural Access Committee of Kinross-shire in Scotland. They are embedded in seats along walking trails by Loch Leven.  Beautiful Loch Leven lies between Edinburgh (31 miles away) and Perth (20 miles), in the east of Scotland’s Central Lowlands. The nearest town is Kinross.

These artworks are integrated into oak seating on the final section of a new network of pathways around the Loch.  They were created as site-specific artworks, relating directly to commissioned poetry couplets that reflect the landscape and heritage of the loch.  It is especially pleasing for collectors to envisage the beautiful, natural setting of the originating, first medal of this small edition.  There are 6 remaining of the edition of 7 available for buyers.

The sculptor created 22 medals in total and has designed a book containing drawings of the entire collection, ‘Loch Leven Lexicon’ (2018).  Simply contact the gallery to purchase your copy (£55.).

The designs were realised by carving them into plaster, taking rubber moulds from the carvings then pouring wax into the moulds.  These wax versions were then used in the process of lost wax bronze casting.

Would you like to walk around this heritage trail to see the commissioned, first pieces of this series? – there are maps of short walks you can download from their website, as well as all the information you need for a longer walk – simply click on the link.

This artwork can be purchased on the national Own Art scheme, for ten monthly Interest Free payments  of £52.50.  Simply e-mail me (click on ‘Contact’ tab) to arrange for a mail order purchase, or drop into the gallery to arrange in person.

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