Exactly 136 years ago, when the world was fired with enthusiasm for the progress promised by the Industrial Revolution, one artist was foraging for inspiration in nature. Though unaware of it at the time, the master glassmaker René Lalique, by portraying flourishing fauna and flora in one work after another, was in accord with the spirit of the age. A jeweller by profession, René Lalique would surely have been proud today to see the wonderful equestrian statue Still Water, created by sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green, become part of the heritage of the company he founded.
The British artist, a master of the depiction of horse’s heads, shares this love of nature with Lalique. In the digital age, abounding with new technologies, he also works like Lalique, using age-old techniques. At a time when everything is accelerating, Still Water offers a precious image of serenity. A luminous moment of tranquillity.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO, Lalique S.A.
Lalique has produced the first interpretation in light and crystal of Still Water, the emblematic sculpture by British artist Nic Fiddian-Green. Today, for the first time, Still Water reveals itself in the light of Lalique crystal. The sculpture is also displayed in colours – from black to amber, passing through clear, its crystal robe cut to measure by the artisans of the Lalique factory at Wingen-sur- Moder in Alsace.
Stretching their know-how to the limits, they devised an “animal touch” technique and reproduced the artist’s gesture, resembling that of an illusionist: a balancing act in which the animal is poised on the tip of its muzzle, brushing the surface of the water. Strong in its presence, helpless in its posture.
NIC FIDDIAN GREEN
Born in 1963, British artist Nic Fiddian-Green grew up in rural Hampshire and has been whispering in the ear of man’s oldest friend throughout a career spanning more than 35 years.
In the calm of his studio, with its sweeping views over the Surrey countryside in which he settled in the 1990s, he sculpts this noble beast for several hours a day, striving to encapsulate its strength and majesty on a monumental scale.
A peerless draughtsman and sculptor, Fiddian-Green specializes in equestrian sculpture in realist style. He is trained in the challenging lost-wax technique, creating plaster moulds in his studio in Surrey and casting monumental pieces in his own foundry. It is here that Nic Fiddian-Green experiments with a palette of materials such as bronze, but also others including lead, marble, copper and natural stone.
Working with crystal is a first for him.