These are some amazing Bronze Sculptures found in the town centre of Redruth in Cornwall. The region is known worldwide for its mining heritage and these Welly dogs are celebrating those bye gone days! The sculptures were made by Cornish artist 'David Kemp' and called the Tinners Hounds. They were made from the discarded boots of the workers from 'Geevor Mine' which closed in 1991 and ended thousands of years of tin mining in the area.
The artist recovered all the workers wellies from the site and turned them into rubber sculptures called 'the hounds of Geevor'. Here is a quote by the artist;
“ Relics of a vast subterranean workforce that rarely saw the light of day, each of these Hounds fed up to three & a half families(seven boots per dog).Released from their underground labours, they now wander the clifftops, looking for a proper job ”
Redruth was once the capital of Cornish tin mining, built from the miners labours. So the council commissioned these sculptures for the town centre to celebrate local history.
Fittingly they were cast in Bronze, an alloy of Tin & Copper which were the valuable metals that the owners of the boots were excavating from deep inside the earth!