Cally House, near Blairgowrie, Scotland.
My clients, Mr and Mrs Buchan like all things Scottish and after meeting me at the Royal Highland Show they commissioned me to build a thistle in their woodland garden.
The thistle is constructed in Westmorland Green and Burlington Blue Slate. I used fairly large pieces of slate for this sculpture. As the sculpture is in a woodland garden I think that it was important to be relatively unfussy, leaving the slate as unrefined as possible adding to the natural, informal look. I finished the base of with reclaimed railway sleepers. They help to frame the sculpture and give it some width.