The one-month countdown to the exciting unveiling of the life size bronze sculpture of the Ford Model T car has begun! The bronze sculpture has been years in the making, as it has required plenty of fund raising and organisation to get to this stage! The Ford Model T consists of 32 metres of cast bronze tyre tracks which are engraved with the 45 names of the people who donated over £1,000 towards the project. All the money raised towards the project has gone towards casting the ‘Bronze Ford’.
One of the necessities of the project was to acquire permission from Ford to utilise the iconic logo on the Ford Model T. Mark was able to assist with this as he has been acquainted with Sir Jackie Stewart for a number of years through Dyslexia Scotland, Sir Jackie Stewart being the president and Mark being an ambassador. Sir Jackie Stewart, who had a 40-year partnership with Ford and won his 3 Formula One championships with Ford cars, assisted with obtaining permission from Ford USA, alongside help from the CEO of Ford Europe and William Clay Ford Jr. The A4 legal document is signed by Ford USA which has Sir Jackie Stewart’s name on registered at Mark’s Ladybank House, in Ayrshire.
This project highlights Scotland’s efforts towards encouraging more tourists to visit and continue to invest in the economy’s growth. This sentiment has been echoed by Prime Minister Theresa May who recently visited Ayrshire (Mark’s hometown) and announced an Ayrshire Growth Deal which will allocate funds to Ayrshire’s businesses in support of the local economy, furthermore the Scottish Parliament have now pledged to match it. Once the funding is confirmed, it will give support to many local businesses who greatly need it. Furthermore, Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, was originally from Ayrshire and has pledged to match any funding Theresa May allocates to Ayrshire.
The Ford Model T will have its grand unveiling in Cameron Square, Fort William, Scotland at 11am on Saturday 19th May 2018 and invites all members of the public to come and enjoy the first sighting of the completed bronze sculpture!
Over the past year Mark has been working with a client and the Foundry in Edinburgh on a very exciting project that encompasses replicating a life size bronze sculpture of a four seater Ford Model T car. This particular Ford Model T is the original car that was driven up Ben Nevis in 1911 by Henry Alexander, son of an Edinburgh Ford Dealer who had the first Ford dealership in Scotland. The event was then commemorated on the 100th anniversary in 2011 by 76 Ford Model T cars gathering at Fort William and carrying the original Ford Model T to the top of Ben Nevis in its memory.
We are very excited to announce that the unveiling of the bronze Ford Model T will take place at 11am on Saturday 19th May 2018 in Cameron Square, Fort William, Scotland. The exciting event will invite members of the public to view the final ‘Bronze Ford’ in its permanent resting place which is near to the place where the original Ford Model T began its ascent in 1911.
The unveiling date will mark the final step in the project, which began in 2013 when an architect commissioned the redesign of Cameron Square. He had seen the Ford Model T in a museum and thought that a life size sculpture would be perfectly suited in the revamped square. Many local enthusiasts have been actively supporting the project, which is where Mark’s expert bronze casting advice and artistic experience was required.
The project entails all of the different parts of the original car being cast in bronze as a framework for the new full-size version. It is the first time this method has been used in the UK and will create a very iconic sculpture in the heart of Fort William for all to admire, which will hopefully become a major tourist attraction for the local area and Scotland. This impressive sculpture will allow visitors to learn more about Scotland’s history, they will even be able to sit in the bronze Ford Model T car and have their photo taken.
What better way to illustrate your affection for someone special by gifting them a magnificent cast bronze miniature sculpture symbolising admiration and love? This wonderful adaption of the highly sought after Friends Coffee table makes a charming addition to any home or garden. The playful companionship and alliance the hippo’s share is captured strikingly by Mark, in this cast bronze sculpture. We are very pleased to offer this at a Valentine's Special Price at £700 (including delivery to mainland UK). Please contact us today to order this beautiful gift that will last a lifetime.
A veteran at the flower show, Mark Stoddart has seen tremendous success while displaying his unique and exclusive range of beautiful bronze coffee and dining tables at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Mark’s highly-collectable glass-topped tables complete with bronze bases, were a sensation among visitors throughout the inspiring week. Mark’s well-admired dining tables stole the show while his striking coffee tables followed suit. For this year’s flower show, Mark gave his stand a crisp, clean and modern aesthetic complete with orange, lemon and olive trees to really capture his orangery theme.
Mark met several wonderful customers who approached his stand to discuss some bespoke commissions such as; three carp coffee tables as well as the exciting opportunity to design a life size Model Ford T car. Dyslexia Scotland also arrived to enjoy a chilled glass of champagne while admiring the tables, an organisation close to Mark’s heart.
Mark Stoddart, a regular at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will return this year to display his unique and exclusive range of beautiful bronze coffee and dining tables. Mark’s highly-collectable glass-topped tables complete with bronze bases, take inspiration primarily from wildlife creatures such as the hippopotamus, rhinoceros, tiger and baby elephant.
Mark will be showcasing the otter, the lion, the carpe, hippo friends and she’ll find coffee tables as well as the cheeky hippo dining table. Limited editions of only 12 and 99 coffee tables and 50 dining tables are ever created from each design before the mould is destroyed. Each piece carries Mark’s signature, is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Mark’s striking and eye-catching pieces are always in great demand resulting in a waiting list which can span over months for his most popular editions.
Mark can be found at his stand throughout the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to discuss his spectacular bronze tables and answer any questions ranging from prices to delivery.
To learn more about the international artist and designer, you can visit him at stand 475
We were very proud to be celebrating our 25th anniversary. Over the years we have had the great honour to work with some fabulous clients amongst which are some rather well known celebrities including Madonna, Sir Elton John, Buzz Aldrin and Sir Patrick Moore. We have also designed bespoke pieces for some very luxurious homes including a Saudi palace and a Penthouse apartment in St Pancras station. Our tables have graced the pages of 25 Beautiful Homes on a couple of occasions and we could not be prouder. Our collections have proved to be very popular and are sought after across the globe. With new creations coming soon and a very special piece to be unveiled in honour of our 25 year anniversary we are very excited for the future ahead.
Mark was delighted that Sir Jackie Stewart and Lady Stewart, amongst others, visited his stand at the Chelsea Flower Show. They had recently met at the Scottish Parliament where Sir Jackie was guest speaker at the Cross Party Group on Dyslexia and President of the Dyslexia Society.
Mark has begun work on his next creation – a new lion sculpture. This will be a very special limited edition collection of only 12 pieces. This collection is expected to sell out quickly – please contact Mark to register your interest if you would like to be added to the pre-order list.
Mark generously donated six of his Hippo Sculptures to different charities throughout the year. His sculptures were successfully auctioned off at events to raise money for charities including a local hospice, Scottish MS Society, The Injured Jockeys Fund and Edinburgh Zoo.
Mark was honoured to receive an invitation from Alex Salmond, who was the First Minister of Scotland at the time, to attend a reception at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens to celebrate the work of Dyslexia Scotland, an organisation very close to Marks heart.
One of Mark's other interests is his Amphicar. After owning it for 21 years he lovingly restored it and launched it in Loch Awe during 2013.
Charities have previously expressed an interest for it to be used at events on the River Thames in London.
Mark visited the Ranthambhhore National Park Tiger Reserve in Bandhavgarh in 2012. He previously had visited the Tiger Trails Resort in 2009. He felt greatly privileged to see tigers in their natural habitat. Mark is trying to help raise awareness and funds to save the tigers in the wild.
Mark was honoured to be invited to the new Scottish parliament members bar and meet Margaret McDougall, one of the Members of the Scottish Parliament, in September. He is extremely proud that one of his most iconic sculptures has pride of place within the bar. A plaque on the wall of the bar honours Mark’s table and briefly describes the background to it “This table is inspired by the landing pod used in the first Moon landing in 1969. To make the piece, the designer visited NASA to view the original lunar landing pod and met with Buzz Aldrin along with Museums in Chicago and Washington. The glass is inscribed with Neil Armstrong’s famous statement made on 20 July 1969, “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The architect designed the new MSP members bar around Mark's very special sculpture; the Apollo table is the first sculpture Mark designed and the Scottish Foundry cast it within their premises.
Before being placed in the members bar the piece was exhibited in cities around the world including London, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago, Washington, Las Vegas and Monaco to name just a few.
The sculpture that now sits in the Scottish Parliament contains a time capsule as well a specially designed piece of glass that serves as the table top.
As well as the fact that the table was designed by a Scottish designer, the glass table top was made in Scotland and the bronze sculpture of the table was cast in a Scottish foundry, The Apollo 11 Sculpture has Scottish roots that run much deeper as well as an aviation connection. The late Neil Armstrong took a piece of Armstrong Tartan to the moon with him 1969, his grandfather came from the village of Langholm in the Scottish Borders, Neil Armstrong was presented Freedom of the Village of Langholm in 1972, three years after his lunar landing. The boys at the foundry that cast the Apollo Table mother’s maiden name is Armstrong & comes from the same village of Langholm. Buzz Aldrin's granny came from Edinburgh & her name was Moonie.
Mark was asked to exhibit four of his bronze sculpted tables in the Central Library in Edinburgh, Scotland and to do a small presentation covering his life, his work and also living with Dyslexia.
Mark is proud to support the British Dyslexia Association, with dyslexia being a topic close to his heart he is keen to raise awareness of the condition. At the age of 13 Mark was introverted, withdrawn, had little confidence and all the different forms of dyslexia you can have. He left his home in Scotland to attend a special school in Sussex, England called ‘Brick Wall’. Never did he imagine that this school would be the turning point in his life! He spent 5 years being taught in a way that he could understand. Learning and developing, being treated with such care, kindness, trust and respect from the teachers as well as his fellow pupils, Mark found a self-belief and intelligence that he never knew possible!
At 18, Mark left with the confidence and desire to achieve and put his dyslexic symptoms to one side. It was at the age of 32, after returning home from a holiday in South Africa, that he was inspired by a vision of a hippo in the water; the rest is history.
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