Anthony Heywood opens exhibition at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Anthony Heywood's elephant sculpture. W18390H11
Anthony Heywood's elephant sculpture. W18390H11

AN international sculptor has opened a brand-new exhibit at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Artist Anthony Heywood, 58, from Kent, has come back to Worthing after nearly 15 years, to display his new collection of recycled sculptures.

Anthony, the head of sculpture at Canterbury University, caused an international sensation the last time he visited Worthing in 1996 when a family of blackbirds took residence inside one of his sculptures, Telly the Elephant.

Although Telly the Elephant will not be making a second appearance in Worthing, Anthony remains optimistic.

He said: “I’m really excited to be back in Worthing again. I’ve been working on the show solidly for the last 18 months.

“Fingers crossed, it will be just as successful as last time.”

On display is a variety of iconic landmarks, ranging from the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower.

All of the sculptures are created from discarded items such as toys, nails, foam and paper. There are also several animal paintings on display.

“I am trying to get people to engage with nature,” said Anthony.

“So far, we’ve had a fox leave his calling card on our tankers and a pair of curious crows visiting the elephant.

“What I really hope is that people come away with a vital message about how we treat the planet and the creatures living on it.

“Hopefully, after seeing my exhibit, I may be able to inspire people to be more environmentally friendly.”

Curator for art and exhibits at the museum Emma Walker said: “We’re delighted to welcome Anthony back after so many years.”

The exhibition will be open at the museum, in Chapel Road, until the end of August.