We were approached by Activision in Australia with the question “Would it be within your scope to bring Spyro to life in metal, possibly to breathe fire and open up to reveal a BBQ?” We spent a few days thinking over how we could meet the requirements and soon realised that it was a challenge we didn’t want to turn down.
In the many weeks it took to bring him to life we used traditional metal working techniques as well as new methods we had to develop to accurately craft the shape of the body. Every part of him had to be just right and correctly scaled to achieve a lifelike 5 foot long replica of Spyro.
With a limited amount of time before the ‘Spyro Reignited Trilogy’ launch, we studied numerous different images and videos to develop a plan to replicate the quite complex shape of the cheeky purple dragon. Activision stated that Spyro’s facial expression was one of the most important features to capture, all in all a huge challenge!
As requested Spyro was designed to breathe fire and a fully functional BBQ is accessible by removing part of his back. Looking at the finished product it’s fair to say we achieved what was asked. He is by far our most challenging but coolest (or hottest) project to date, to see him finished and in action was the best reward! Shortly after completion Spyro was the star of a filming session on the banks of the River Thames before being shipped to Australia where he was a hugely popular attraction at the recent PAX gaming event in Melbourne. It was here that he demonstrated his impressive fire breathing and barbecuing capabilities.
Feedback from Activision as well as the public that have seen him has been phenomenal, making the dedication and many hours that were put into making him extremely worthwhile. We can’t wait for the next big challenge!
Back in May last year I was approached by a local charity – Ella’s Memory about commissioning a Stainless steel Memory tree to install at The Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Ella’s Memory was a charity set up by Martyn and Emmillie Selley after suffering the tragic loss of their stillborn girl Ella.
The great work they have done through the charity has seen a suite and garden in the hospital refurbished, to try and provide a more homely setting for any parents tragically suffering the loss of a stillborn baby.
The tree was installed in October last year, shortly followed by a service where parents could request a leaf to hang on the tree in memory.
So far nearly 100 leaves have been attached on to the tree, in 3 different leave designs in 3 different metals (Copper, Stainless steel and Brass)
Thanks go to Lasermaster of Redruth for the discounted supply of the leaves, also to Righton of Saltash for the discounted supply of Stainless steel.
Saturday the 29th of October was a big day for Ella’s Memory and myself, it was the installation of the Memory Tree to the Daisy Suite Memorial Garden at The Royal Cornwall Hospital. It was an emotional day, Martyn, myself and the hospital staff who look after the Daisy suite were quite touched at seeing it go in to the garden.
The 1st of December, what would have been Ella’s 7th birthday, will see the official ceremony and launch of the memory leaf project. Parents that have suffered the sad loss of a stillborn child can have a metal leaf engraved with a message that will then be put on the tree.
It is a great honour working for such an amazing charity, Martyn and Emmillie Selley have done and continue to do a fantastic job not only offering support but renovating and maintaining the Daisy Suite.
You can read more about Ella’s Memory here
We are extremely happy to announce that we have secured our new premises!
This year has been a fantastic year for Metal Art & Fabrications. 2016 has seen the company grow and grow. The order books have been filling up and with the expansion of the business, and inevitably this means we have outgrown our current premises.
This is a very exciting time for us and we are really excited for what the future holds. We will continue to produce our work to the highest quality, but now we have a much bigger scope for providing our unique products to our customers.
We will be picking up the keys and moving into larger premises tomorrow! This will enable us to work more efficiently and get ahead with our projects over the next month or so.
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible!
We are quite touched here at Metal Art and fabrications to be asked to do a very special project for a local charity called Ella’s Memory.
A charity setup by Martyn and Emmillie Selley to offer support to parents who have tragically lost a baby.
I was recommended by a friend to Martyn who was looking for someone to make a stainless steel memorial tree for their memorial garden at The Royal Cornwall hospital.
After a few meetings with Martyn and a visit to a memorial garden, designs and ideas were discussed and we are now fabricating a 2 meter tree that will be highly polished and coloured using heat to give a rainbow effect.
The tree will have pre drilled holes to mount laser cut leaves, in a variety of materials. each leaf will have a childs name and a a message engraved on it.
We will be finishing the tree this month and hopefully installing it too.