Sean Henry was chosen from a shortlist on the basis of his modelling and classical approach to bronze sculpture. Sean worked with both Redgrave and Pinsent over a number of sittings to establish the ideal stance and refine their posture. The sculpture represents both athletes as they prepare to take to the water, conveying a mix of studied ease, masking the pre-race tension, mixed with apprehension and expectation.
Sean Henry always shifts the proportions of his sculptures, so that the characters are either too large or too small, never exactly life-size. The precise recreation of a human does not interest him - something must be changed in order to create tension. His subjects are often universal, representing a group of inpiduals who become, through the permanence of sculpture, heroes of our everyday. They could be the anonymous, unglamorous people we see in the periphery on our way to work. His figures are first sculpted in clay, before being cast in bronze and finally painted by hand. Many of the sculptures can be found permanently installed in streets and squares, as well as in private collections.
The sculptures were initially installed separately and then at a later date re-installed together as originally intended.