Samantha Thornton's Portland and Irish Blue limestone 'Diver' produced by stoneCIRCLE

Sculptor Samantha Thornton was commissioned to convert one of her existing stone sculptures, 'The Diver', originally in Ancaster Weatherbed, into a larger version for a French chateau. The Wiltshire-based sculptor approached stone specialist stoneCIRCLE to produce the piece. The company used its Omag 5-axes CNC to carve the work from a 1600kg block of Jordans Basebed Portland stone.

The CNC technology used to create the up-scaled piece meant it could be produced directly from a 3D polystyrene model provided by Samantha Thornton.

The final sculpture measures 1.23m high x 1.02m long and weighed 850kg.  

It has been fitted on top of a 1200kg plinth in black Irish Kilkenny Fossil marble 810mm x 810mm x 650mm high and shipped to France, where it is now installed in the grounds of a chateau in the Loire valley.

Samantha told stoneCIRCLE: "She has been installed and looks great. Thank you for all your help and I look forward to getting a new commission for you to help me with!!!"