Paul Spooner gives us more on the background of his kicking goat design.
The goat in the park was a response to a commission from the Kimberley Park Association who got three of the local automaton makers to build machines that would add to the fun of their recently refurbished children’s play area. There was a brief- to relate the objects to the history of Falmouth and in particular to the Packet Ships which carried mail to all parts of the world where the British had an interest. As with most briefs, there is a compromise between what the client wants and how much enjoyment the artist and the public can extract from the enterprise. I thought a goat on a pole would be a jolly thing to make and set about finding a way in which I could both make a goat and fulfil the brief. I discovered that a famous packet ship was called “The Antelope”- almost a goat. This was to stray rather a long way from the brief and I had to adjust the title to reflect this.