Two Swans, Sculptures, Battersea Bridge Rd.
Two naturalistically modelled swans in the act of taking flight, mounted on separate bronze bases on the tops of the brick walls either side of a walkway.
When property developers John Sunley requested planning permission from Wandsworth Borough Council, the Council gave its consent on condition that the developers commissioned a piece of public sculpture for the site.
The overt reason for the choice of subject for the sculpture, as Marr-Johnson, a bird lover, has explained, was that the image of two graceful birds taking flight served as a 'perfect symbol for a new company being launched'.
From a personal point of view, the sculpture reflected her concern over the large numbers of swans along the Thames that were dying of strangulation as a result of being entangled in fishing lines.
Marr-Johnson spent a considerable amount of time studying swans, both from the life at Slimbridge Wildfowl Reserve and on video, using the freeze button so that she could sketch her subjects in the act of landing and taking off. In addition, so that she might achieve a deeper understanding of the birds' anatomy, she dissected a goose.
Swans was Marr-Johnson's first major public commission after being accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors.
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