These majestic life-sized horses galloping through the sea were made from hundreds of pieces of driftwood salvaged from the shore by British-born artist James Doran-Webb. With the assistance of a team of talented craftsmen, Doran-Webb created these masterful artworks during a period of six months as part of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year in Singapore.
Each of the three sculptures stands at around 6ft tall and is made from roughly 400 pieces of driftwood of varying sizes built around a stainless steel skeleton. Each horse weighs around 500 kg and can take the weight of five people. The horses have moveable limbs and neck so they can be arranged into lifelike poses.
Doran-Webb comes from Birmingham but has been living in Cebu City in the Philippines for 26 years where he runs a workshop. The wood he uses in his sculptures has been salvaged from beaches and rivers around Cebu by a network of locals who Doran-Webb pays to collect it. Initially, Doran-Webb used to collet the driftwood himself in a kayak.