Ray Harryhausen's Talos
Talos is kneeling on the plinth, head turned, as he was when he first came to life in the 1963 cult classic film Jason and the Argonauts. Ray had started work on this sculpture in the 1990s; he had made the plinth for Talos to kneel on but had not sculpted the figure of Talos.
Simon worked with Ben Southwell of Southwell Sculptures on this incredible project. The plinth was loaned by the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation to mould. For the figure of Talos, we worked directly from the original model. Talos was first scanned and printed in very high resolution, the 3D print then underwent painstaking, sympathetic restoration. Once restored Talos was carefully repositioned into the kneeling stance, with meticulous attention to detail at every stage. The whole process took several years to complete.
Talos Frozen In Time
We also worked with The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation to produce a full size and a half size reproduction of a sculpture of Talos made by Ray in the 1990’s. The original model who starred in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts had deteriorated significantly and Ray made this sculpture to create a permanent reminder of Talos. The bronze Ray made for himself can be seen on page 216 of The Art of Ray Harryhausen.