This year I shipped three sculptures out to Australia. The life sized sculptures have been commissioned by the McCloy Group to be sited outside their new office buildings in Newcastle, New South Wales. The first, a cyclist based on Mark Cavendish, the second a female long jumper and the third a sprinter exploding out of the start blocks. They are due to be installed in early 2018.
“Leaping Man” is a dynamic sculpture created by Clare Bigger which represents the vision of the city of Milton Keynes and captures its “can do” philosophy. Inspired by the recent Olympic success of long jumper Greg Rutherford, Clare has used the energetic nature of sport to convey this idea. Made of stainless steel, this sculpture is an exciting and lively piece which reflects the nature of the local people and provides a welcoming and inspirational sight to those visiting Milton Keynes. The 27ft (8.5m) “Leaping Man” has been erected on the A421 Fen Street Roundabout near junction 13 of the M1.