A huge, life-sized crocodile has taken up residence in Bruton’s Museum.
It’s the work of sculptor Dorcas Casey who is backed by MUSE: Makers in Museums with funding from the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, all part of Somerset Art Weeks.
Dorcas spent time over the summer digging about in the Museum’s collection and came up with the inspiration for the crocodile when she found a rabbit-shaped Victorian jelly mould. She began to gather together other antique jelly moulds which she filled with black flexible polyurethane foam, forming the back of the croc.
“They are emblematic shapes which I find strangely comforting, familiar, playful and architecturally satisfying,” explained Dorcas. “The rabbit shape comes from the mould in the Museum collection.”
The crocodile, as yet unnamed, sprawls on the antique Bruton bier, uncannily lifelike but thankfully unthreatening.
Dorcas is inviting families to be part of a free drop-in family sculpture activity inspired by favourite things in the Museum collection. It’s on Sunday, 8 October from 1pm-3pm, but to gauge numbers, it would be appreciated if participants could sign up at the Museum beforehand.
Somerset Art Weeks run until 8 October.
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