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Tanya Russell
Hands of Justice | Public Sculptures by Tanya Russell | 1 Hare Court Chambers in London
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Hands of Justice - Public Sculptures

Featured In 1 Hare Court Chambers, London, United Kingdom

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The two hands are the hands of justice, carefully nurturing, protecting and holding in balance the true justice that is innate in all.

The shape between the hands is like a flame, which often represents the inner soul of man, or the flame of true justice, but what is seen there in the space between the two hands could be quite personal.

The concept for the sculpture through speaking with the commissioners - who wanted to symbolise the passion the people working there had for justice and its foundation in our own legal system. There was also a strong desire to show how our justice system could work to increase care for young people, and an awareness of the importance of education in keeping young people out of crime.

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Tanya Russell
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Wescover creator since 2019
Bronze Animal Sculptures

I’ve become known over the last 30 years for my life-like animal sculptures. Each is handmade in England and sculpted here in my studio in Wales. For me, my practice is not simply about capturing the animals I sculpt with marks and movement. It’s about our relationships with those animals and their welfare.
It’s wonderful always looking at and working with a subject that I love. I’ve sculpted since I was a child, and I’ve found throughout my life that expressing animals in clay is an evolving struggle of exploration and respect. I’ve lived with exotic birds, sheep, rescued fighting cockerels and snakes, and during my seven-year apprenticeship worked with countless animals sculpted by my parents, sculptors Lorne McKean FRBS and Edwin Russell FRBS. Later, my love for animals led me to volunteer with Riverside Wildlife Hospital.

So although I’ve done many commissions of people, and even authored a book ‘Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure’, I’ve always intrinsically been an animal sculptor.

I’m always asking myself, how can I use my work to better the lives of animals? How can I support nature, natural habitats and welfare through my art? I raised £20,000 for Battersea Dogs and Cats home with my sculpture, and now my art raises awareness and money for the Dogs Trust, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, All Creatures Great and Small, and Doris Banham Dog Rescue.