I spent a while trying to decide the crucial question about the shape of the back of the sculpture. In the end I have opted for arching the back rather than running the waist all the way round. The shape was becoming too much like a peanut husk. Whenever a sculpture comes too close to the shape of something as instantly recognisable as a peanut, alarm bells begin to ring. The sculpture will always be the one that “ looks like a peanut”. I may still hear that refrain but in arching the back the form resembles half a sphere with the sides pushed in. This squashing of forms is an idea that I have explored before with interesting results. The original form is gone but the surface area remains the same.