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Edge Sculpture is a contemporary range of pieces with the intent to be both striking and unique and raging with life. Up until now the fierceness of the carnivore, the silent power of the ape and the striking beauty of a goddess has provided the brief for this fine art fine series of work, but from late 2014 Matt Buckley was incredibly fortunate to gain the trust of the BBC and was given the permission to begin sculpting a Cyberman Bust.
This piece would not have existed if it were not for the support initially of Jason Easy from the BBC Worldwide with whom I initially discussed the possibility of an Edge piece whilst we as a company, ‘Robert Harrop Designs Ltd’, were right in the middle of producing our new Limited Edition Doctor Who Collection.’
Also backed by Robert Harrop himself, Jason and I talked at length around the notion of an Edge Cyberman Bust and then planned on the best way to proceed. From there I completed a full scale sketch of a Cybus Industries variant and with it an actual Edge Lion and Venus Bust to demonstrate the style of work, which was then sent directly to the BBC in Cardiff for scrutiny and opinion.
The liaise from this point was an incredibly engaging Georgie Britton who also couldn’t have been more motivating and helpful. So after I was given the ‘green light’ I was so brimming with the trust and confidences afforded to me that I literally had to start the piece right away.
The only caveat from the BBC was that the bust was one of the latest variants of the Cybermen as initially introduced in the episode ‘ A Nightmare in Silver’, which made perfect sense because at this particular time they had already began the series 8 World Tour whilst I was building the armature and throwing on the clay.
It really did not take long for me to get the shape of the piece working and it after a couple of comedy ‘selfies’ to Jason and Georgie to demonstrate the scale of the piece, I nailed my feet to the floor for a couple of weeks until I felt the Cyberman had come to life and he had been sculpted to virtual completion.
Even though this is a very stylised piece of work the intention was that you could still appreciate which variant it was, so I even made sure that the heavily chiselled handles still contained the correct number of grooves and slats of the superbly designed actual cyborg. I have to mention that you really do get a firm sense of how well something is designed when you are constantly observing images and certainly with the latest Cyberman Variant there are so many mathematically beautiful lines that have been so carefully balanced that when they shroud such an emotionally desolate and soulless being it becomes even more eerie in its form.
This now completed piece has been cased, moulded, cast and painted. He is larger than life and now ready for despatch and is officially licensed by the BBC.
All the best
Creative Director / Robert Harrop Designs Ltd
Designer, Sculptor / Edge Sculpture