Ray Harryhausen's Talos

Talos Awakes

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.

For the full size reproduction we were loaned the original mould that Ray had made. We cast our waxes directly from this mould. Talos was cast as a numbered limited edition of just nine full size bronzes. We also cast an edition of bronzes of this sculpture at half size.

These sculptures were hand made by Raven Armoury, Thaxted, England, in association with The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Based on effects characters created by Ray Harryhausen for a Charles H. Schneer Production. TM & © Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

These sculptures are no longer available to purchase from Raven Armoury. Southwell Sculpture has a small selection of the bronzes in stock and you can see these here.

Every item we produce is handmade and unique, even our Limited Editions.

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