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When royalty goes large

by Ian Lang

Nick Elphick from Llandudno is an up and coming artist who’s rapidly acquiring a national reputation for his work

His latest project is also his biggest – a commission to sculpt a likeness of the Queen which will play a big part in next years Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Despite his talents this is a man who is remarkably humble about his abilities

Below is a press release which explains more about the project.

Chester the Giant City, the Community Interest Company (CIC) who recently won the hearts of the UK public in the peoples million bid to create 60 Queen Elizabeth Giants for next year’s Diamond Jubilee, are close to receiving the first of their creations.

The company chose Llandudno Artist, Nick Elphick to work on this demanding task and Kristine Szulik, the Giant Project manager said the task of choosing was a simple one, as she explains, “Firstly Nick is based very near us here in Chester, secondly he has his own CIC project going and understands our ethos of working within our communities and finally if he is good enough to work for John Paul Gaultier, Damien Hirst and Ryan Gander then he certainly comes top of our list in every way. He has been a delight to work with and we are all incredibly excited about the Queen Elizabeth Giant he is creating for us”.

Nick Elphick was overwhelmed to be chosen to sculpt the Queen Giant head for the Diamond Jubilee and accepts that is comes with a huge responsibility, “I am aware that this has been a thankless task for artists in the past but I am a royalist at heart and the opportunity to create an iconic model of our Sovereign is an honour of which I could never have dreamed. I want do both the city of Chester and Her Majesty justice with this piece of work. I am aiming to create a feeling within this work of pride; pride within the community and pride within the sculpture, pride that comes forth for everyone to see.

I want these Giants to connect with the community and help them to have empathy for the person who has carried the responsibility of representing our nation on her shoulders all of her life. Something she has done with dignity and grace for over 60 years. My work is not about a likeness but a representation of our Queen throughout her career, something that every person recognises as representative of our monarch and captures her pride and our own. That is my goal and I feel we are getting close to achieving that.”

Nick is on schedule with his work and expects to put the finishing touches to the sculpting in the next two weeks, after which the “head” will go for moulding and casting ready for the communities to engage with the project.

Kristine Szulik believes that this is unique within the Commonwealth and that right here in Cheshire we are creating something incredibly special within our communities. “This is a chance for everyone to recognise the wonderful work done by the Queen and for their village, group or company to show their appreciation in 2012. We only have 60 available for communities to be able to work with us for 2012 and I would urge anyone interested in having one of these unique pieces of history for their group, village or community and creating an extra special Diamond Jubilee celebration next year, to contact me immediately to register their intention to be a part of this event. ”

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