Rushden Lakes Giant Sculptures & Animal Carvings

rushden lakes shopping centreRushden Lakes Shopping Centre is a unique place to shop, eat, and explore, offering a world of outdoor discovery at the gateway to the Nene Wetlands. It combines a modern shopping centre with the natural world, promoting the environment – something that we are happy to be a part of. As part of the development, they asked us to build a series of giant animal sculptures and wooden animal carvings – all based on creatures that live in the local environment.

We made several giant bird and hare sculptures, constructed from metal frames and finished with hand woven willow, in addition to many different birds, mammals, and insects that populate the local environment. These are now positioned around the grounds of Rushden Lakes for all visitors to enjoy.


Giant Animal Sculptures

We made a hare, a flying swan, two racing swallows, and three starlings from willow woven onto metal frames. Each structure is far larger than reality… far larger than a human, in fact, so they are quite striking for visitors who encounter them for the first time.

The Hare

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The hare, mid run
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The head of the hare
giant hare bottom
All of the willow is woven by hand
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Size comparison with Russell

A Swan Taking Flight

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The swan takes flight over the car park
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Shoppers can’t miss the huge structure

Two Racing Swallows

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Poised in mid flight
racing swallow sculptures
The sculptures are easily visible
giant racing swallows to human size comparison
Size comparison with Russell, our Founder

Three Hungry Starlings

three giant starlings
The starlings are on a giant bird table
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Each has a different pose
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The table even has ‘food’ they are eating

Wooden Animal Carvings

Incorporating many different creatures from the local wildlife, we placed many carvings around the site for visitors to discover.

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A duck by the water
otter carving on ground
A ground mounted otter carving
fox carving in forest
A friendly fox
pike carving
A pike… on land!
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The face of the fox
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An owl carving, mounted in a tree
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A tree mounted kingfisher
woodlouse carving
A woodlouse carving
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Carving of a coiled snake
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A water vole

Other Creations At Rushden Lakes

In addition to giant sculptures and wooden animal carvings, we also built a picnic shelter, four nature-themed play areas, and a pond dipping platform at Rushden Lakes. Below are a few pictures of these other creations.

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Pond Dipping Platform

bat carving in tree
Bat carving hanging from a tree

Creating Your Perfect Sculptures & Carvings

Use the giant animal sculptures and wooden animal carvings on this page as inspiration for your project, as well as the other wooden carvings and sculptures that we have made over the years. We love a creative challenge, so no matter whether you are looking for something similar to what we have already made or something completely new and unique, we are up to it!

To start the design process, please get in touch with us and let us know what you are looking for. We look forward to hearing from you.

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