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All this has enabled him to make a career as a practising sculptor exhibiting in a number of one-man shows but concentrating primarily on commissions.  These have come from a variety of sources – private patrons, Royalty, Institutions and corporate clients. Five of Cornish’s sculptures are at Highgrove commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales.  In addition his work is represented in the collections of the Museum of London, Girton College Cambridge, the Mathematical Institute and St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, amongst others. Cornish was commissioned by a London Property developer to make a series of life-sized Scottish wild animals for important sites in central London, one being an over life-sized stag in St. James’s Square.  Each commission had its own particular complexities in terms of scale and logistics and took between two months and a year to create.

In 2003 Cornish won the prestigious commission to sculpt the important Victoria Cross and George Cross memorial at Whitehall.  This was a highly complex and large scale project involving in-depth planning and liaising with architects, designers and engineers to produce an appropriately moving and fitting national memorial. 

Working on this architectural scale Cornish has also made sculpture for the church at a number of sites in Sussex and London which have attracted attention nationally and internationally.

Cornish says of his own work; “I have always strived to create works focused on vitality, emotional force and a celebration of the beauty of life.”

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© Marcus Cornish, 2010