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Party Animal announced as winner of Kingston Sculpture Trail

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Party Animal by Alex R T Davies MRSS has been announced today as the winner of the Kingston Sculpture Trail and will become a permanent feature in Kingston town centre, with the artist receiving a £10k prize. The artwork is a fun and interactive bronze goat sculpture which stands proudly with a street cone on its back, inviting the viewer to touch and even sit on the piece. 

Alex R T Davies MRSS is a locally-based sculptor who runs a fine art foundry, Milwyn Casting Ltd, in West Molesey. Davies was the creator of two sculptures on the trail, Party Animal and The Kiss, both part of a series of works titled ‘Unwanted Monuments’.

The Kingston Sculpture Trail, organised through a partnership of Canbury Community Trust, Kingston Council, Kingston First and Kingston University, ran from August to October 2021 and comprised of seven temporary sculptures. Local residents and visitors were asked to vote for their favourite and almost 1700 people responded to the voting survey with Party Animal winning 51% of the vote, showing the strength of feeling for the piece. 

Party Animal will be installed in a suitable location in the town centre for all to enjoy in early 2022.

Alex R T Davies MRSS, artist and creator of ‘Party Animal’, said:

It’s been a great experience being involved in the Kingston Sculpture Trail, made all the better by the positive feedback I have had and of course winning the vote.  It is a real honour to have a sculpture chosen to be permanently sited in Kingston, a town that I have visited many times growing up in Surrey, having worked there as a teenager, to now having my own business and workshop so close.

David Mach RA, artist and creator of iconic Kingston sculpture ‘Out of Order’ (1989) said:

A great choice, and good to have a local artist. This is Kingston’s version of the boar statue near the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The nose of “Porcellino” is golden from the number of tourists rubbing it for luck; the cone on the back of Alex’s goat is going to be just as shiny. It’s going to be a very popular piece.”

You can find out more about the trail here.  

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