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Murch made several equestrian statues including two life-sized sculptures
Horse_sculptureGovett’s Leap – Horse and Rider
1976
Resin and marble dust
Life size
Commissioned by the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Committee.
Murch made the horse in the backyard of a rented house in Mowbray Road, Chatswood. His assistants were Horace Broadhurst, Steve Sawkins, Peter Day, Colin Brown, Ian Ottley

The subject was controversial – see the ABC Weekend Magazine feature:

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Charles Archer on his horse Sleipner
1980
Bronze
Life size
Commissioned by the City of Rockhampton; unveiled 11/10/1980; Arthur was aged 78.
Charles Archer (1813 – 1862) along with his brothers explored the Fitzroy River and Dawson Rivers

PROCESS OF PRODUCTION

For the Govett’s Leap sculpture in Blackheath and the Charles Archer & Sleipner sculpture in Rockhampton, Murch used a method of cutting cross-sections of a completed maquette, photographing them and then projecting them to the correct size onto timber then cutting and assembling the cross-sections.

Here are his drawings of the process:

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Maquette for Sleipner – Charles Archer’s horse

 

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Maquette for rider

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Steve Sawkins photographing the sliced maquette

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Proof sheet of photographs of maquette cross-sections

 

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Horrie (Joe) Broadhurst applying mesh to enlarged “slices” of horse

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Murch modelling head of Govett – photograph by Steve Sawkins

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Horse skull, maquette and enlarged horses head – photograph by Steve Sawkins

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First Cavalry Division – General George Macarthur Onslow Trophy

1931

Bronze 56.0 x 49.5 cms on wooden base.

Inscribed: Sculptor: A. J. Murch

Foundry: H. and T. West

Labelled with awards from 1931-1955 for the “Most Efficient Regiment”

Royal NSW Lancers, Parramatta

Made by the “lost-wax” method.