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The original of this charming sculpture was carved from a piece of bog oak, native timber that has been preserved in wetlands for several millenia and has become extremely hard. It was found during the building of Calder Hall power station and presented to Ophelia for carving by one of the architects of the plant. The oystercatcher is a species of wading bird found on coasts worldwide, and commonly seen on the shores of west Cumbria near to the Calder Hall site. This delightful representation shows a roosting oystercatcher, sheltering its chick beneath its wing, the compact form making the sculpture particularly tactile. The Oystercatcher is cast in resin with bronze powder. Height 10cms, 750gm

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