South East Galvanizers has worked with a Boreham-based blacksmith who has created a unique garden ornament, as a humorous memento to the commissioner’s children.
The firm provided its hot-dip galvanizing service to local blacksmith, Andy Nichols who, after creating the ‘Light of the World’ piece, had been commissioned by a local family to fabricate the ‘World on a Stick’ sculpture, to be situated in the family’s garden.
Andy Nichols, commented: “I had been briefed by my client Davida Bailey, who wanted to present the sculpture to her husband as a Christmas present, and also as a funny reminder to their children. For years, Davida’s husband Andy had been telling their children that ‘you have the world on a stick’ and the origin of this came from Richard Herring from Fist of Fun, where he said ‘so you want the moon on a stick’, but like Chinese whispers, he mis-quoted it.”
The ‘World on a Stick’ weighs approximately 15kg and stands at 5ft high, and features a stick-man holding the globe, whilst the ‘Light of the World’ sculpture holds a candle, weighs 5kg and stands at 2ft high.
Following the design and production of the steel sculpture by Andy, the final piece underwent the galvanizing process, which involved it being dipped in molten zinc at a temperature of 450°C.
Neil Pearson, Commercial Manager at South East Galvanizers, commented: “We have worked with Andy on a number of varied projects now and were delighted to be involved in this specific piece, not only because of the uniqueness, but because of the significance to the end client. Due to its anti-corrosive properties, galvanizing was the ideal coating for this particular sculpture, and will mean that it will be protected from the outside elements and enjoyed by the family for many, many years to come.”