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BAS Vignette: Memories of a Non-Doggy Man
David Cemmick’s rendition Denise Koch’s rendition
The British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Memorial
Update March 2008
by Hwfa Jones
In light of research and many comments sent by FIDS from all over the world, artists David Cemmick and Denise Koch have refined their proposed drawings for the memorial. The time to choose has arrived. FIDS are asked to submit their preference and suggestions for improvement to Graham Wright.
Once the statue has been commissioned, there will be a full size clay model produced for final approval before the bronze is cast. Photographs of this will also be circulated.
It is anticipated that the completed sculpture will have beneath it a plaque listing all the British dog teams together with a small engraving and an appropriate dedication.
The Fund stands at over £4000 and is close to the target of £6000. The money has been collected in the short period of just fifteen months from many sources and donations, including the auction of Mike Skidmore’s painting of Changi, sales of an historical print of a Skidmore painting detailing the one of our dog teams sledging on sea ice, and sales of the book The Doggy Men. The book and print are still available online from eBay or from Fund treasurer Graham Wright; 39 Bryn Meadows, Newtown, Powys SY16 2DS, United Kingdom; firstname.lastname@example.org. It's not too late to make a donation.
It is our intention to commission the statue within the next month or so in anticipation that the £6000 goal will be achieved this year.
We expect to have the bronze finished this year and ready for erecting at whatever place is finally decided upon, either in Antarctica or possibly in front of the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge.