See how Ed Sheer-ham was brought to life in artist’s studio

Artist Martin Wall with Ed Sheer-ham

Artist Martin Wall with Ed Sheer-ham - Credit: Archant

Martin Wall’s workshop has, at times, looked more like a zoo than an art studio with a selection of gorillas, pigs, penguins and elephants all taking up residence in the past few years.

Sir Bradley Piggins

Sir Bradley Piggins - Credit: Archant

The East Anglian artist has created a string of giant masterpieces for various public art projects taking place around the country including three of the characters on the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich.

This summer he was responsible for painting the popular Ed Sheer-ham pig which is sponsored by Suffolk County Council and is located outside UCS on the Waterfront.

Yesterday Mr Wall, of North Walsham in Norfolk, released time-lapse video footage of him at work, allowing art lovers and music fans to see how he transformed the naked white sculpture into a larger-than-life version of the Suffolk-raised superstar.

“Ed is my favourite of the three pigs I did for the trail,” said Mr Wall. “I like to try and think of something that is either topical to the location or topical at the time the trail is on. I did an Iron Man ape because the film was released around the time of the Gorilla trail in Norfolk and I did a Bradley Wiggins one because he had just won the Tour de France.”

George Dragon

George Dragon - Credit: Archant


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Mr Wall admitted being a big Wiggo fan and with the Olympics just around the corner, he once again used Bradley Wiggins as inspirations for one of his artworks.

Sir Bradley Piggins is located outside Cotswold in the town centre and is sponsored by Adnams, while his third design, the rhinestone-encrusted Stymante, which was chosen by Clarke & Simpson, is located at Holywells Park.

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The artist added: “I haven’t been down to see them in place yet but am hoping to in the next few weeks.

“I like to see my own work, and I try to get around as much of the trail as possible. I like to see the reaction, particularly from children, to them.

Ed Sheer-ham under construction

Ed Sheer-ham under construction - Credit: Archant

“They get really fired up to do the trail, and they drag mum and dad along too.”

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