Everington's The Crusader demonstrates the sculptor's tremendous ability to shape clay and bronze into a dynamic display of form and textures. Completed and installed in 2000 just days before the artist's death, the sculpture of the charging rider reveals Everington's process of forming his sculptures in clay and shaping them with a chisel before casting them in his preferred medium of bronze. Everington viewed this sculpture as a representation of the clash between tradition and the ideals of the past with those of the modern world, just as he saw himself using figural sculptures based on the human form in the struggle to balance out the conceptualism that he felt was creeping increasingly into British sculptural schools. The sculpture displays an expressive representation of movement, with the body of the rider morphing into that of his steed juxtaposed with the strong lines and angles of the neck and legs of the horse to create an impressive form that is at once both fluid and angular.
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