Although artist Alan Cheeseman’s Chameleon Gallery is in Walsall, you’ll often find him bashing bits of metal and rock at the W.M. Hawkes Ltd Blacksmiths on the Digbeth High Street. That’s where I saw him today, putting the finishing touches to this little model monkey and getting started on building two bigger brothers.
The monkeys are made from Barbados coral stone, which Alan tells me is a dream to carve with, so are a long way from home. They are set to return to sunny Barbados when they’re finished to stand guard in front of the Heron Bay Hotel.