A man who created a statue to celebrate his wife, daughter and grandchildren was inspired by the famous figure of Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Mint has revealed.
The sculptor was a young man in his late 20s when he came up with the idea to create the sculpture for the Queen’s 100th birthday.
“I didn’t really think about it.
I was just thinking about her as a person, and how much she meant to so many people.
She was such a great queen.
I thought it would be a great piece to commemorate her 100th anniversary,” said the sculptors son, John, in a statement to the Irish Times.
He was inspired to create a statue when he was given a copy of the Queen Elizabeth bust of the day by his late wife’s mother, Princess Margaret.
As he began sculpting the sculpture, he noticed something that made him think about the Queen and her legacy.
When the Queen is in her own image, she has a very different face to other monarchs.
His idea was to show that, as a young boy, he could imagine his mother as she was in her later years.
While John and his mother have now been given a bronze statue of their mother, they still have to pay for the rest of the statue to be finished.
I think this is a great opportunity for our country to show the Queen that she has inspired generations of people to create artworks and the public to appreciate it,” he said.
It is a good way of making an impact and we want to be very mindful of this, he added.
This was just an idea I had and that I thought would be interesting.