This is an instance of making useless things be of use again. But before taking his materpieces to the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May this year, world-renowned driftwood sculptor James Doran-Webb gives Cebuanos a prevue of his exceptional creations on display at the Amphitheatre of the Skypark in SM Seaside City Cebu that ran from February 26 to March 18, 2017
The exhibition displayed different sizes and forms of animals depicting movement and reality Webb strives to obtain in every piece he creates. Also in the collection are “A Swan Taking Flight” and “The Tree Climbing Lions of Lake Manyara.”
On opening day last February 26, art and sculpture enthusiasts and the public attended the event. Webb, in his speech told the audience how he toiled the many months of hard work to finish his creations together with his assistants. The team selects every single piece of driftwood and then tries to figure out which ones fit the specific animals best.
James Doran-Webb got his interest from his parents, as Jim spent his childhood in the workshops of his parents’ antiques restoration company, whittling, carving and refinishing. He has been residing in Cebu for years now. In giving back to the local community, he founded the project called “80,000 Trees,” wherein for every kilo of driftwood that James buys from around the archipelago he plants a seedling on denuded hills in North and South Cebu. The project aims to plant 80,000 trees with the help of Department Environment and Natural Resources.’
James Doran-Webb is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, hiking and kayaking in the farthest parts of the Philippines, the artist has acquired an extensive local knowledge of most of the larger islands that make up the Philippines.