Sur­rey Cre­ations

Alex Davies has over 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence as a sculp­tor, foundry­man and black­smith, and in 2001 he founded Mil­wyn Fine Art Cast­ing Foundry

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Cast in bronze

The low­down Mil­wyn Cast­ing is a spe­cial­ist bronze cast­ing foundry based at High­lands Farm in Leather­head and works with artists to cre­ate im­pres­sive bronze sculp­tures. Alex and the team at Mil­wyn use a 2,000-year-old tech­nique called “the lost wax method” as well as mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, such as 3D print­ing, to help artists achieve their vi­sions.

The com­pany has just started work on its largest bronze sculp­ture to date. The 6.5-me­tre­high, four-ton cre­ation is by artist Mau­rice Blik and is due to be in­stalled on a build­ing in Cyprus once work in Sur­rey is com­plete.

Mil­wyn also re­cently teamed up with the Royal Academy and Royal So­ci­ety of Sculp­tures to of­fer one lucky stu­dent a res­i­dency at the foundry and £3,000 for cast­ing costs, thus help­ing to en­sure that the foundry’s skills are passed on to an­other gen­er­a­tion.

About this se­ries: Sur­rey Cre­ations is a se­ries by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Philip Traill, ex­plor­ing peo­ple in their work en­vi­ron­ment, cap­tur­ing the char­ac­ters and what they do in a sin­gle im­age. To con­tact Philip email philip@traillpho­tog­ra­phy.com

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