by Hazel Bryce

The Seahorse Sculpture – The Worlds Most Complex Papier-mache Sculpture

The Seahorse

Hazel Bryce spent six years pushing the boundaries of Papier-mâché to create the most complex large scale Papier-mâché sculpture in the world.

The Seahorse poses questions to all of us. As one of the many endangered species on our planet Seahorses are tragic victims of human waste and financial gain. In covering junk with the Financial Times newspaper Hazel Bryce has not only created a breath taking sculpture but has recycled a global environmental symbol to raise awareness and challenge the causes and effects of waste and greed.

The shreds of newspaper that form the Seahorse’s surface provide clues and strange snippets of society and news that led up to the millennium. With the passing of time subtle sepia tones are now emerging through this deliberately muddled mâché print mix. Hazel Bryce refers to The Seahorse as a slow and inevitable clock but to what time or event is this clock ticking to?

The Seahorse is bursting with conceptual values but it does not rely on them. It stands alone as a modern Masterpiece without the need for verbal props or a connection to status. Perhaps this is why it has provoked such a strong reaction from those who control the UK state art establishment?

Hazel Bryce is fascinated by the structures and orders that emerge from apparent chaos in nature and the formations of patterns that repeat themselves. She has thus created a symphony of extravagant shapes that extend and warp the imagination, between a natural realism and an extraordinary fantasy.

The Seahorse is stunning and can be admired simply for its aesthetic beauty. It smashes down the boundaries that separate craft and fine art; it stretches out to reach to and beyond many styles. Its complex anatomy has a realistic, organic yet spacey concern for symmetry with ambiguous body functions and an uncertain gender. The wide grin lends an almost animated expression to this modern yet classic-fantastic surreal sculpture that really has to be seen to be believed.



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Emily Himbeer via Facebook
Emily Himbeer via Facebook

Great work!

Lisa Renee via Facebook
Lisa Renee via Facebook

Just WOW

Beth Chepote via Facebook
Beth Chepote via Facebook



Wow this is soo cool

Taria Lorehand
Taria Lorehand

she does have some serious talent, but if she doesn’t want this to be a one hit wonder she needs to work on more and get things out there. This is an amazing piece of art with it’s curves and designs laced threw out the sculpture. but work on something just as good that will top this. and from her website I can tell she does have talent and a very interesting vision. I would like to see more of what she can do in sculpture art. I would love to see an elephant, or a tiger or even a… Read more »

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