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RIC STOTT & CLAY MEN   Methodist minister Ric Stott  with one of his 'children of clay' pictured at Devonshire Green, Sheffield.   10 March 2011
RIC STOTT & CLAY MEN Methodist minister Ric Stott with one of his 'children of clay' pictured at Devonshire Green, Sheffield. 10 March 2011
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AN ART-loving reverend who hid mini clay figures throughout the Peak District is to return to collect the remains of his models and put them on show at an exhibition.

Reverend Ric Stott scattered 40 of the un-fired statues throughout Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, leaving them exposed to the elements and prey to thieves.

Each figure - one of the ‘Children of Clay’ - was photographed at the start of its 40 day journey in the wild, and when Ric returns to collect them this week, he expects most to have disappeared.

“I have been out looking at the children, and some are doing alright, but I left one on Burbage rocks and when I went back he had just moulded into it,” he said. “It was quite beautiful really.”

He will collect the remains of the models, to be shown at an exhibition exploring the theme of wilderness.

“They all went out into the world looking pretty much the same, but now they all look so different,” he said.

“The feel of the exhibition is about being exposed.

“Other artists who are at the exhibition are are looking at the theme of wildnerness in a political way, whereas I am looking at human experience and what it means to be alone.”

Alongside each model, Ric left information on the project and an email address for people to send in photos documenting their changes over the weeks.

“I have had some interesting responses to them. I got one photo of the model smoking a cigarette, and another from a little girl who found one.

“That’s part of the excitement of the project.”

The exhibition will take place in Sheffield, and more details can be found at www.wilderness-exhibition.com.

For more information on the Children of Clay and Ric’s other work, visit www.iaskforwonder.com.

Have you found one of the Children of Clay? Email comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk with your story.

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk