SHOREHAM sculptor Ade Grant is celebrating a ‘dream come true’ as his first major piece goes on display.
His 4m-high sculpture, called Modulus TTS, has been chosen to go on display at the world-class Wisley garden.
Working around his full-time job as an engineering technician for the NHS, he has spent the past few years producing Modulus from a workshop at the bottom of his garden.
Mr Grant said: “I am a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society and having being selected to exhibit at Wisley, with my first major piece, is like a dream come true.”
Modulus will be in the Royal Horticultural Society garden in Woking until the end of September.
“The 4m-high assembled piece is made from fibre glass and finished with automotive paint, to last as long as a car exterior would,” explained Mr Grant.
“It originally started off quite small but grew, making it necessary to replace the workshop window with French doors in order to get it out. I also had to enlist the help of neighbours to get it over the garden fence and a garage roof.”
Mr Grant originally trained as a mechanical engineer but he has also worked as a professional model-maker.
“I enjoy the whole area of creativity, problem solving and working with different materials,” he added.
“The sculpture explores the modular concept, where it is possible to combine separate units to create a larger piece.
“The organic elements can be combined in different orientations but the colour schemes will always align.”
He said it had always been his ambition to create a piece which was big, bold and different to a lot of pieces already on show, and to challenge people’s ideas of what sculpture actually is.