Tara in her Trainers Transcript

Duration: 02:13

This cool cat is ‘Tara in her trainers’ by Mark Jalland. She sits here sleek and shiny, a surprise as you follow the path. Mark tells us how this wild cat evolved.

Artist (00:14)
‘Tara in her trainers’, she came about through walking down into the park with the students, we looked a potential sites. I was given knowledge of this exercise track that ran around the park so we wanted to make something that worked with that. There were some stories about some sighting of a black cat some years ago which people alluded to and that interested me. But of course this is Tara, she is a cheetah, one of the fastest I believe, the fastest animal on four legs. That’s the idea for that and then some how the trainers, well I don’t know, we all sometimes make the excuse that we haven’t got the right gear and maybe trainers have something to do with fashion and in this case I think the trainers are obviously going to slow her down, like a pair of old slippers and I rather like that sort of paradox that there she was just sort of lumbering along in her old trainers. So really that’s how that came about, a combination of Tara the cheetah in her trainers.

Narrator (01:10)
From working out the ideas with local school children to manufacture, Mark tells us more.

Artist (01:16)
In terms of how long it takes to develop and make these, overall its normally a two year process from the original ideas, then some consultation and then working up the ideas to a model stage, getting those approved and then getting them manufactured. I do try to have certainly a very close input to the manufacturing process. It’s really nicely faceted, it’s stainless steel, it’s all paper crafted, it’s all folded metal and though in this case, Laurie the Coppersmith did quite a lot of the work, I do relay claim to making the ball for instance that James the dinosaur’s holding. I did also play a very large part in making Tara too and the trainers. These things are very visual, particularly Tara from a distance; they really, really reflect the light well and on the facets. I’m really pleased with the way they have turned out. So I want to get involved too in the process. I like to get my hands dirty.  

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