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4 June 2014

Cornish sculptor’s work inspires X-men director

The work of a Cornish sculptor has inspired the director of the latest X-men movie.

The film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, features mong its credits the name of Cornishman Jck Trowbridge, after the director spotted his work and contacted him to see if it could be used in the silver screen epic.

Jack’s name features in the credits of the film with Hollywood A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy.

That’s because one of his sculptures provided the inspiration for the design of a similar beautiful silver bird sculpture, which can be seen in a fountain around which a fight rages in one of the scenes from the films.

But despite the fact the film is the latest in a long line of blockbusters in the X-men series none of the predicted $400 million income from the film will be going to Jack.

However, he’s not complaining.

That’s because he’s just pleased  someone from 20th Century Fox, makers of the film, actually came across the bird in the first place, and then made the effort to contact him to ask his permission to use the design.

"I can only imagine that someone from the film company saw the bird on the Avant Garde website, a jewellery shop in Truro," he said.

"It's extraordinary – someone must have come across it and taken an instant liking to it.”

Jack initially designed the bird as part of a collection for a display at Trelissick Gardens, just a few miles from our luxury Cornwall cottages short breaks, about five years ago.

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