Buzzard landmark created with apprentices

Internationally renowned sculptor Andy Edwards, famous for creating The Beatles at the Waterfront in Liverpool, and the Christmas Truce statue in Belgium, has created a beautiful buzzard sculpture.

The 12ft mild steel sculpture commissioned by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, has taken two months to complete.

The breathtaking piece was created in Andy’s new studio at PM Training in Shelton where he works with engineering apprentices.

He said: “Moving my studio to PM Training is a new start for me and it’s a chance to share more of my knowledge with the next generation of apprentices at PM Training.

“Working on large scale 3D projects like the buzzard helps build the confidence of young engineering apprentices, because they do not naturally think in that magnitude.

“PM Training is a good fit for me, the learners get to work on pieces which will have a big impact, and I am able to share the craft of traditional sculpture.”

The buzzard project is part of the borough council’s 2016 entry in Britain in Bloom.

It is inspired by a recent surge in the native species, and is part of a programme to decorate Newcastle’s roundabouts with indigenous animals.