From clay...

Sculptor Alan Dun, who created the King Bladud’s Pigs and Lions of Bath sculptures, made the owl maquette (small clay model) in his Limpley Stoke studio near Bath. The design was given the final seal of approval by Dr Emily Joachim from the UK Little Owl Project and Minerva's Owl was born!

to 3D Scanning...

The clay owl was then 3D-scanned by the University of Bath's Advanced Design and Manufacture group (ADM) and CAMERA research centre to produce a high-resolution digital 3D model, and was finished just a few days before Christmas!
 

to CAD file...

The University CAMERA team is applying advances in computer science to create new hyper-personalised prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees and also offers consultancy based services for commercial clients. A huge thank you to the team transferring your skills to Owls!

to robot milling...

The 3D data file was then sent to Fineline, a feature film prop making company in Bristol, which inputted the data file into their multi-million pound CNC (computer numerical control) robotic arm, which automatically cut out the 110cms and 75cms tall master owl sculptures from blocks of high-density polyurethane.

TO OWL'S FIRST CAR JOURNEY...

The super-sized high density polyurethane Owl was also super-heavy, but luckily nested neatly in the back of the team Volvo. It was then taken to sculptor Alan Dun for finessing before swooping into the GRP factory near Stonehenge for mould-making. Fineline then created the smaller prototype Owlet.

to moulds and the birth of the flock!

The master owl and owlet sculptures then landed at the Banbury Innovations fibreglass factory, where the Lions of Bath sculptures were produced in 2010. The master Owl and Owlet moulds were then made from which the rest of the ‘parliament’ (as a group of owls is known) is currently hatching...

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