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The Crowned Stag

Name of sculptor: Matthew Lane Sanderson
Galvanized by: Joseph Ash Galvanizing
End client: Countryside and L&Q
Finish provided: Hot dip galvanizing
Size and amount of steel: Six tonnes of steel and zinc

Project goals
The owners of a new housing development in Essex – Countryside and L&Q – wanted to include sculptural and functional works of art in the landscape to tell the story of the land’s previous Tudor owner, King Henry VIII, who had a palace and a deer park there. They commissioned renowned sculptor Matthew Lane Sanderson to design and fabricate the installation.

What happened
For the commission at Beaulieu, Sanderson created a spherical sculpture, with an intricate design, that depicts a regal reflection of a stag under a tree, set on a reflected crown base. The installation is called ‘The Crowned Stag’.

Materials and size
The statue is made from six tonnes of steel and zinc and is ten metres high.

Sanderson is well-known to Joseph Ash Galvanizing, as he works in steel and regularly asks us to protect the finished sculptures with a hot dip galvanized finish.

A galvanized coating on steel protects the metal from rust and enables it to be protected from the elements for many years to come.

The sculpture was beautifully fabricated, hot dip galvanized and installed at the Beaulieu housing development. It was unveiled in an opening ceremony in September 2017 and Joseph Ash Galvanizing team members were invited to attend.

‘The Crowned Stag’ has a special place in the Beaulieu development as it stands proud at the entrance to the new housing estate/town.

Sanderson said of the sculpture: “This work of art shall forever mark the status of this place both past, present and future. It is a symbol that not only conveys the beauty of natural form, but the hope we all share for balance in all things.”

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