Born in Edinburgh, Military trained, Ian Haggerty moved to Canada in 1993 where he studied at the Dundas Valley School of Art, in Ontario. He has won numerous awards and commissions across North America, Europe and Australia, and regards his lifelike sculptures of people and animals within nature as his specialty. Ian works predominantly in resin, clay polymer concrete and bronze. Ian is currently a resident of the Gold Coast and has achieved a significant following for his sculptures.
2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Local Heros, Ian Haggerty
“Local Hero’s” is a three panel tribute sculpture, acknowledging Australian resilience and spirit. The first Panel represents Hero’s of the Air, the second panel Hero’s of the Fire Emergency Services 000 and the Third panel Hero’s of the civilian population in assisting the wildlife and acknowledging the wildlife that perished.
SWELL Kids Artist Statement – Local Heros, Ian Haggerty
Not all heroes look like Superheroes with magical superpowers, fighting against evil forces. Real-life heroes live amongst us, helping us when needed, putting out fires, saving people, or helpless animals when they are in danger or sick. This is what the Local Heroes sculpture represents; our local heroes are you, your mums, dads, friends, or just ordinary people within our community doing their everyday job, selflessly volunteering to help whenever needed.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.