“Celestial Poodle” by Robyn Spencer-Crompton & Peter Crompton

Celestial Poodle by the Crompton's
Celestial Poodle

Robyn Spencer-Crompton and Peter Crompton are a well-known husband and wife team. They collaborate on many creative projects ranging from theatre design to fine art. Peter specializes in the sculptural form and Robyn in mosaic surface design. Together, they have created a body of work that blends formal beauty and metaphorical power.

Robyn and Peter’s sculpture in the 2022-2023 Trail is “Celestial Poodle”. This sculpture originated as a pink poodle created for Jesus Christ Superstar. Herod created quite a splash when he rode in on him. Subsequently we decided to adorn her with stars and constellations since that seemed to match her haughty demeanor.

The poodle is 5’ 6” H x 2’ 6” W x 5’ D, weight 400 lbs. Composition concrete over fiberglass mesh over structural foam with steel base.

Artist Statement

When planning a project, we first brainstorm, which leads to research, then moves on to Peter fabricating the sculptural base. Together we cover the form with fiberglass mesh and concrete with polymer additives. At this point we decide on the surface that speaks best for the piece. If it will be a textured concrete work, Peter takes charge, or if it is to be a mosaic surface, Robyn completes it.

Often Peter sculpts a scaled down version in clay. We then make a latex mold which enables us to produce smaller cast concrete versions of the larger sculptures. Some of the smaller mosaics are made using these casts.

Sponsor: Bob Scott & Tim McDonald
Photo by Jude Gibson
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