Bull in High Town!

Albert the Hereford bull made an impromptu appearance in High Town, Hereford on Tuesday to mark the announcement of the sculptor who has been commissioned to produce a lifesize bronze for the city centre.

Internationally renowned sculptor Brian Alabaster will produce the sculpture which it is hoped will be installed by next summer.

He fought off stiff competition from a host of acclaimed artists and is now planning to spend some serious time getting to know his subject in order to create a piece that reflects the modern Hereford bull – and the breed’s  importance to the city and county. The piece is being funded by a private benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

It will be sited outside the Old House in High Town following an online poll on herefordtimes.com when readers selected the spot as their favourite of three suggestions. The working party tasked with bringing the project to fruition is made up of local business people and other interested parties, including the Hereford Cattle Society.

 A spokesman for the group said that members were delighted that Brian had accepted the commission and were very excited about the prospect of providing a quality, lasting tribute to the breed that was the very essence of Herefordshire.

“We have decided to commission a statue of a modern Hereford to embody the future success of the county.”

Ford Abbey 1 Albert is a former Hereford Poll Bull of the year, who at the age of seven-and-a-half has now retired from the showring. He weighs in excess of one tonne – somewhat more that the finished bronze.

(Picture courtesy of Hereford Times - herefordtimes.com)