Ea­gle hatched in West is tak­ing off for Ger­many

Western Morning News - - NEWS - MARTIN FREE­MAN martin.free­man@reach­plc.com

AGIANT ea­gle is to­day leav­ing its Cor­nish birth­place to mi­grate to a new home in south­ern Ger­many.

The gal­vanised me­tal sculp­ture, with a 2.5-me­tre (8ft) wing­span, has been cre­ated by Thrus­sells in their Bod­min Moor work­shop for a bird of prey wildlife park in the Black For­est.

Fa­ther-and-son team Gary and Thomas Thrus­sell are known for larger-than-life in­sect pieces that can be seen in Cal­i­for­nia, Den­mark and across the UK, in­clud­ing the

Eden Project. More re­cently they have been spread­ing their wings to make birds in­clud­ing a rook for Fowey Town Coun­cil in hon­our of Daphne Du Mau­rier – one of her most fa­mous creations was the hor­ror story, The Birds, which be­came a Hitch­cock film.

That piece at­tracted the at­ten­tion of for­eign tourists in the town, lead­ing to a fea­ture on the sculp­tors in a Ger­man mag­a­zine and the com­mis­sion from the mil­lion­aire owner of the wildlife park in Triberg.

When they started in June, Gary, 60, and Thomas, 32, took in­spi­ra­tion from Sarah Worne’s col­lec­tion of birds of prey in Fowey, in­clud­ing a North Amer­i­can red-tailed hawk. “It’s ac­tu­ally based on a Euro­pean sea ea­gle, but Sarah’s birds helped us get the feath­er­ing right,” said Gary. “The dead­line was very tight and un­til you have done all the parts you can’t be sure you have got it com­pletely right.” They were paid £29,000 to cre­ate the bird, which with its base weighs more than half a tonne.

“If you di­vide the money by all the hours of work, it is prob­a­bly an av­er­age wage,” he said.

The two cre­ators are driv­ing the sculp­ture to Ger­many in a van. “We are a bit pos­ses­sive,” ad­mit­ted Gary.

The ea­gle will cause a stir in its town-cen­tre home: Triberg is fa­mous for the cry of a smaller bird as a man­u­fac­tur­ing base for cuckoo clocks.

Emily Whit­field-Wicks

> Thomas (front) and Gary Thrus­sell with the gi­ant ea­gle, watched by Isie the red-tailed hawk and owner Sarah Worne

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