The supreme champion at this year’s Southern Agricultural Show will be immortalised as a work of art.
Pasturefield Turbo Tommy, the eight-year-old Simmental bull owned by Peter and Sheila Quayle of Ballagraingey Farm, St Mark’s, was the inspiration for their daughter Stephanie and son-in law Darren Jackson’s entry in the show’s Sculpture Competition.
The bull’s head, fashioned from farm implements, and so large it had to be displayed outside the Heritage Tent, received the most public votes.
Designs in the competition, funded by the Arts Council for the 2014 Year of Culture, celebrated 100 years of the Southern District Agricultural Society (SDAS) and its agricultural heritage.
Tommy will be modelling for the final sculpture over the next year, and the finished, larger than life metal bull will be on display on the showfield at the 2015 show, and in subsequent years.
Stephanie and Darren, who are the artists behind the 30ft sculpture of Mananan at the Mannifest event and giant loughtan sheep on the Mountain Road, would be grateful for any donations of agricultural machinery and parts to complete the work.
Anyone who would be willing to contribute should contact the artists directly or through SDAS secretary Sarah Comish on 494497 or firstname.lastname@example.org