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AN artist’s wire sculpture of a horse is being used to promote a First World War story.

Troon-based Laura Antebi was commissioned to create the piece for the National Army Museum’s War Horse: Fact and Fiction exhibition in London, which explores themes seen in the novel by Michael Morpurgo, now a play and film.

The event aims to explore the massively popular novel alongside real-life stories of war horses and the men who relied on them.

Laura, 48, has travelled globally in an effort to gain inspiration for her sculptures, journeying across Africa and the Middle-East, but admits she found her initial inspiration slightly closer to home.

She said: “It was like serendipity as to how I came across wire sculpture.

“I was at an arts project in Glasgow in 1994, myself and some friends came across some dumped wire and from there I’ve never looked back.

“The Met Studio [a London-based art studio] came across my work and that’s how I got my exhibition.

“I was just in the right place at the right time.”

The West-Coast artist has always had an affiliation with horses.

She said: “I was introduced to horses as a youngster. I used to go horseback riding and even had my own horse.

“I always felt a great spiritual connection with them.”

Though her creations could be viewed as uncommon, Laura was keen to stress the strong Scottish following in her field.

She said: “There is quite a lot of interest in wire sculpture in Scotland. I think people find it very intriguing.

“It can be a long process building a sculpture. On average it takes about two to three months, but it can be even longer. I often find the longer it takes the better though.”

Laura’s work will be on display until August next year. Her creations are available to view online at www.thewirestudio.co.uk

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