Anthony Padgett has unveiled his unique take on world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, in the form of a sculpture made of pipes.
The artwork is going to be displayed in Fury’s home town at the Morecambe Bay Art Fair this weekend and will then be permanently installed at Jo & Lee’s By The Sea cafe, which is on the site of the VVV gym and care where the Gypsy King used to train.
The design may split opinion, but Padgett has explained his work and the inspiration behind it.
‘The sculpture was inspired by Tyson Fury. It depicts the essence of the punch, the key moment in boxing,’ Padgett told The Lancaster Guardian.
‘It is great to have a sculpture depicting Tyson’s world achievement in Morecambe. Also to have a contemporary artwork shows Morecambe is progressive in its views of art.
‘I used to see Tyson Fury in the cafe but never spoke to him. I hope he likes the work.’
Padgett has done more traditional sculptures, which are on display in the UK and around Europe, but he says there is a theme running through many of them.
‘My work is often of famous people who have struggled with mental health,’ said Padgett. ‘Whether PTSD – Wilfred Owen the first world war poet – or conflicted genius – Vincent Van Gogh – often they were stigmatised through lack of understanding.
‘Contemporary art has been around for over 100 years. Since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal. These urinals are now worth over $2million.
My contemporary art has a sense of fun and humour to it. The sculpture respects Tyson and his achievements, and celebrates him as a global personality of popular culture.
‘Tyson is a person of the people. I have used everyday materials of the people to construct the sculpture. Storm drains take the brunt of the weather. They are part of the grit and determination of society.
‘Tyson has risen from humble beginnings and is now a world icon. I would love to do a more life-like sculpture if commissioned.’