The Final Sentinel

The Final Sentinel

Fred Gordon

The Final Sentinel
Fred Gordon
Artwork Category
Facing Extinction
Heated Sheet Wax Sculpture
Artwork Size (cm)
80 x 220 x 60 cm x 50kg



When creating his piece “The Final Sentinel” Fred Gordon was inspired by the deforestation of the Bornean rainforest. This piece symbolises the only tree left standing; a solitary orangutan, the Man of the Forest, looking down, his sanctuary razed to the ground. The sculpture is stabilised by fallen branches, a symbol of the destruction of the primate’s habitat.


Fred Gordon is an award-winning sculptor passionate about wildlife and the natural world. His work focuses on the movement, character and behaviours of animals in their natural habitats. Having had the privilege of observing and sculpting wildlife first-hand, Fred has gained an insight into their instinctive nature that is vital when capturing a moment in wax. He sculpts, predominantly, using heated sheets of wax which allows him spontaneity when creating the form and expressing the movement of his subject whilst, at the same time, allowing for intricate detail when the wax has cooled.