HEPWORTH sculptor Mike Disley likes his work to be big, to have relevance to its site and to give his audience a good smile.
Add all that together and you are just about ready to come to terms with his latest creation, titled Flying South - three months of work for a piece to be set by a lake on a housing/leisure development, Lakeside, Doncaster.
It features a 6ft stone duck plus four suitcases in the same material. As a bonus people can sit on the cases while they admire the duck. At a third of a ton each the cases are not likely to be going anywhere.
Only Mike's fertile imagination could have come up with this wacky variation on the migration theme.
It's been hewn out of Marshalls Stancliffe stone. Marshalls own the Appleton Quarry, off Penistone Road at Shepley, where Mike works.
The duck was sited in Doncaster last week.
And Mike, a sculptor for 20 years, is not apologising for the humour. He says: "My basic requirement is to raise the spirits of the viewer." The aim is to make people feel better.
He's even been making fellow customers at his local, the Butchers Arms in Hepworth sit up and take notice with statues of three of them imagined naked!
Saving their blushes, they are now on show at Rufford Park in Nottingham, along with another recent work, a figure with a giant apple, called Golden Delicious.
What's coming next? Don't ask!
He's working now on a man lying on his back with some cows on his stomach for the Counden mining community in County Durham. (It symbolises the miner thinking of open spaces.)
This week he's teaching in the Rhymney Valley in Wales, then there's the matter of some sculptures for Belfast hospitals.
There's a man with a rake - called, naturally the Rake's Progress - for the garden at a brain injury unit and two heavyweight men in aerobic and yoga poses for another hospital.
Mike's full of praise for the sense of humour of the Northern Ireland hospitals. It seems that excessive political correctness in mainland Britain means that laughter is no longer allowed to be the best medicine.