Vik was excited at the opportunity of creating a giant willow tattoo arm for the Torre Abbey British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition, showing March till June 2018. With the help of the Torre Abbey learning lab team and sixth form students from around Torquay this giant willow sculpture was created during a two day art workshop. The whole team were relentless in their dedication towards getting this giant sculpture finished on time.
Big thanks from Vik to the art students and Torre Abbey team for all their help, inspiration and endless nourishment. And especially for bringing this exciting British Tattoo show to Devon.
"From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history. Now this stunning new exhibition is at Torre Abbey Museum, which promises to get under the skin of this worldwide phenomenon.."
Here are a few photographs revealing beneath the woven skin of a giant willow tattoo arm..
Giant willow arm sculpture commissioned to promote the British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition at Torre Abbey created by Devon Sculptor Victoria Westaway
Devon Artist Victoria Westaway pictured in Torre Abbey learning lab creating the Giant Willow Arm for the Torre Abbey British Art Tattoo Exhibition
Local sixth year students creating willow sculpture in the learning lab at Torre Abbey with Devon Artist Vik Westaway
Arm and hand sculpture coming together with the help of local Torquay sixth form art students in the Torre Abbey Learning Lab
Local art student adds willow detail to the willow arm for the British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition curated by the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall held at Torre Abbey, Devon
Installation day and all's to plan for erecting the Giant Willow Tattoo Arm at Torre Abbey's British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition
Devon Artist Vik Westaway sites the giant willow arm ready to combine the giant willow hand at the entrance of Torre Abbey, Devon
Standing 15' tall outside Torre Abbey the willow tattoo arm waits the iconic 'Not Just For Sailors' tattoo placement
'Not Just For Sailors' iconic tattoo in place on the giant willow tattoo arm outside Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon. Another Devon Sculpture by Victoria Westaway
British Tattoo Art Revealed Exhibition at Torre Abbey is curated by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, an independent Museum based in Falmouth
British Tattoo Art Revealed is a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. This is the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts, Read more..
British Tattoo Art Revealed is curated by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, an independent Museum based in Falmouth.