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Icon of the Seas: Trio of sculptures made in Devon

Three huge sculptures onboard the world's largest cruise ship were created by a Devon sculptor.

Renowned sculptor Andrew Sinclair created the trio of female divers at his workshop near North Tawton.

The sculptures have been installed on the 365m-long (1,197 ft) Icon of the Seas which recently made its maiden voyage from Miami, Florida.

The 2.1m (7ft tall) sculptures are located across three of the ship's 20 decks, Mr Sinclair said.

Mr Sinclair has previously created a number of recognisable sculptures including a David Bowie statue called 'Earthly Messenger' in Aylesbury.

The sculptor, who has been working for cruise liners for "about 30 years", said his work is displayed on ships around the world.

"This is just the latest in a long line of work that I've done on a yearly basis, really," he said.

Listen: Andrew Sinclair talking about his latest creations

Mr Sinclair said each of the stylised diver sculptures were made using resin, due to weight restrictions.

"Resin is light and that's the principle behind it," he said.

"Everything on these ships, despite their huge size, all comes down to weight.

"You can't go above a certain weight without making the ship unstable."

The three sculptures are all dressed in flowery swimming caps and goggles and each has a different pose as if in a dive sequence.

One is diving backwards, one is looking over the edge and one is doing a swan dive, the sculptor said.

"They're quite spectacular-looking things," he added.


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