The Wizard of Oz - THE END! / by Oliver Ayrton


"The Wizard of Oz" was the theme of my most ambitious body of work to date. This project was commenced in June 2015 and the works were exhibited in April 2017 (that's 21 months of production time). Now, almost exactly a year after the show came down, all four sculptures are finally complete!

Each of the sculptures was modelled on a live model who sat for me over a period of 4-6 weeks. I also sourced various hi-res images from the web as references. For example, the physiognomy of the Tin Man was inspired by a Z-Brush image of Lebron James. 

The works ask the question, "what does it mean to be human?" Each of the characters is searching for something - Dorothy for home, the Scarecrow for a brain, the Tin Man his heart, and the Cowardly Lion...courage! It's this "incompleteness" or "unhappiness" that I find to be very human...what do YOU think it means to be human?