Commission / Grand Ball / Silent Auction

Kloo the Bird

The Idea

I was commissioned  to mosaic a 1m hornbill bird by ‘The Animal Ball Executive Committee’ ( Aisha Caan, Sophie Dahl, Goldie Hawn, Christian Lacroix, Tom Parker- Bowles, Rula Lenska and others) for an elite collection of  20 decorated animals as part of a grand ball raising vital funds for the charities Elephant Family and Habitat for Humanity.

Henry Wyndham of Sotheby’s, described the collection –

‘The Lancaster Collection – 20 beautiful, unique animal sculptures created by some of the world’s most collectable artists. Their work metamorphoses beautifully onto animal sculptures – a panther in your hallway, an elephant in your garden, a hornbill perched on your balcony or even a crocodile in your swimming pool…’ The exclusive collection included artists such as Chapman Brothers, Jack Vettriano, Marc Quinn, Richie Culver.

The Results

Kloo was mosaiced with different blues on  the body, mirror beak and white studs / Swarovski crystals pattern on the tummy based on the intricate ceiling detail in  Lancaster House.

‘Kloo’ the hornbill reflects the rarity of this species and now lives in Italy.

‘Natalie Guy is a favourite artist of Elephant Family and a huge champion of our work. In less than five years she has created seven beautiful mosaic sculptures and raised £44,000 for our work.  Natalie’s imagination, use of colour and exquisite taste have made her one of the most sought after artists in our collections. Nothing is impossible; so far she has created elephants, giant eggs and rhinoceros hornbills! We love working with Natalie – thank you for helping our work to save the endangered Asian elephant.’

Mary Powys, Philanthropy Director,  Elephant Family