The Futility Project

Wilfred Owen – The Futility Project
I was approached by a group of old boys from Birkenhead Institute and asked to make a model of a drawing done by David Jones, a fellow old boy who has sadly passed on. After showing my model to Castle foundry, the foundry owner Chris Butler asked me to make a larger, more detailed model. From the second model the life size clay sculpture was made.
That was cast into green wax, then into a bronze monument, life size +10%.

Wilfred Owen – small model
Enlarged Full size plus
Futility – Sculpture by Jim Whelan
Jim Whelan next to the World War 1 Monument – Futility

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