1 June 2016

Peter Rabbit and his #littleadventure

Six miniature sculptures of Beatrix Potter characters, updated for the 21st century, have been unveiled in locations across London in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth – and the story unfolded as Peter Rabbit took over Twitter to share his #littleadventure with the world!

Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mrs. Tittlemouse were all given modern makeovers by renowned street artist Marcus Crocker and captured on film at sites including the Southbank, Westminster Bridge, St. James’ Park and Bond Street in the early hours of the morning.

The reimagined small versions of the familiar characters reflect the diminutive dimensions of the original stories, whilst some also contain a nod to Beatrix Potter’s varied accomplishments as a Conservationist; Botanist; Businesswoman; Artist; and Storyteller, all of which made her a woman ahead of her time.  The figures were carefully crafted to ensure continuity with not only the characters’ own personality traits, but in some cases those of their original creator, in contemporary and surprising ways.

Crocker and the wider team began by brainstorming ideas, re-familiarising themselves with the original Tales of Beatrix Potter and thoroughly researching animal anatomy, exactly as Beatrix would have done, before sketching different levels of design from concept to final versions.

Each sculpt began with a wire armature base, before the main structure was created with air-drying clay through many intricate layers of sculpting and drying – a process which allowed for a high level of detail and accuracy. The figures were sealed and strengthened with waterproof wood glue throughout these stages, before being finished with acrylic paint

Read our interview with the artist, Marcus Crocker, here.

Watch a video about the making of the figurines here.

And have a look at photos of the completed figurines out and about in London, as well as the process that went into the creation of each.

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