I found a sea groyne from Woolwich ferry at a reclamation yard, removed due to rising water of the Thames river.  Sometime later I saw an image of a polar bear balancing precariously off a melting iceberg, struggling. 


The story began. 


The tip of the sea groyne became the iceberg, cast with the rivets of metal and chalk build up from the seabed.  By positioning ‘Hugo’ the polar bear tethering on the edge of the tip, exposed his fragility.  I wanted to encapsulate the synergy of industrialisation and the impact on the natural world in a simple poignant manner.  


Hugo captures the vulnerability of our planet and our place within it. 

Weight -   4 kgs


Medium: Bronze resin


  • always limited edition series

  • made in UK/Ireland by family foundries

  • quality bronze metals used (85% copper/tin, etc)

  • certificate of authenticity for bronzes

Suitable for in or outdoor settings.

Contact Dawn for viewing, payment & delivery options email: hello@dawnconn.com


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