Earlier this year, a gigantic sculpture was added to the Lemur Wood of Dudley Zoo and Castle (DZC), in the Midlands. The stunning sculpture depicts a ring-tailed lemur, with a baby on its back, leaping from one pole to another. Designed and fabricated by Luke Perry, an English artist renowned for creating huge works of art, the sculpture also includes words on the poles about the threats to the species. Threats which include hunting, logging, deforestation, and the pet trade.
"Having worked on an installation for Luke a over the years we know how amazing his work is, and we know how important it is to protect the steel from the environment for many years to come." - Mick Jackson
Dudley Zoo & Castle commissioned the sculpture as they wanted to educate visitors not only about the threats to lemurs (90% of the population currently faces extinction), but also about ongoing threats to other species. Titled ‘A Leap of Faith’, the sculpture – made from sheet steel – took six months to build and at 30ft is one the largest sculptures Luke has ever fabricated.
Because steel is prone to rust and corrosion if left untreated, Luke chose to hot dip galvanize it. Hot dip galvanizing is important because it provides a long-life, low-maintenance corrosion protection which safeguards steel from atmospheric attack.
Dudley Zoo and its visitors are thrilled with the sculpture, as is Luke Perry. We were also thrilled to be a part of a such a huge and beautiful project, and something which will impart an important conservation message. Thanks to the protection of hot dip galvanizing, this sculpture will help educate people to the ongoing threats to Lemur populations.
Dudley, United Kingdom
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Initial Cost, Life-Cycle Cost, Quality of HDG
The 30ft sculpture and poles with facts about Lemurs on them.
Joseph Ash Telford
Voigt & Schweitzer LLC
Thank you! Your vote has been accepted.