Osmo Finishes Protect Sculptures in Stanton Park
Darren Tilley is a sculptor who has completed several carving projects that now feature in Stanton Park, a 74-hectare country park and local nature reserve just a few minutes drive from Swindon city centre.
The relationship with Stanton Park started when Darren got in touch with the Head Ranger to discuss creating sculptures for the park. Having received the green light, Darren set to work, and over the years, has created a number of sculptures, including an 8ft tall king Neptune, a caterpillar and a giraffe. The biggest project to date has seen Darren turn a fallen Beech tree into an ocean scene, which includes an 8ft long shark, dolphin, stingray, eel and seals, amongst other ocean mammals.
Working with wood, Darren needed to apply a finish that would protect the timber from the weather as well as visitors. For all these sculptures, Darren turned to Osmo UK and selected UV-Protection-Oil 420 Clear.
UV-Protection-Oil is a quality finish that protects, maintains, and restores exterior wood. It has been specially designed to protect the wood, leaving it looking in top condition throughout summer months. Based on natural oil, it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. It is dirt and water resistant and reduces swelling and shrinkage. This natural protective finish has been produced to delay the greying effect on exterior wood due to exposure to the sun, whilst maintaining the wood’s natural aesthetics.
Having completed the ocean scene project, Darren started doing some voluntary work for a non-profit organisation called, Every Cloud, which helps people with mental challenges through art.
“So far, I’ve made a three-metre-long Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar, a diving otter, a full-size baby giraffe, a red squirrel and a Red Kite bird of Prey, and these also feature in Stanton Park. I’m now in the process of building a fairy-tale castle bird table and shortly, I’ll be starting a much larger than life swooping barn owl to be fixed to the main house wall. Once these are completed, I would like to turn my attention to making an ornate story telling chair with lots of small mushrooms for kids to sit on when they visit the Every Cloud sculpture garden.”