About Barry Flanagan

A display on the Formal Terrace celebrated the work of eminent British sculptor Barry Flanagan (1941–2009). Three bronze sculptures – Elephant (1986), Hare and Bell (1988) and Large Left-Handed Drummer (2006) – are fine examples of his style; playful without being whimsical or sentimental.

Flanagan began modelling hares in the 1970s, citing a number of reference points that led him to what would become a recurring motif in his work, including the 1972 book, The Leaping Hare by George Ewart Evans, that charts every aspect of the life and legend of the wild hare. In late 1979, the first of his trademark hares was cast in bronze, he then developed the theme over the next 30 years, giving his hares an energy and character that echo human emotions and traits.