Sculptor Tony Evans is mounting his first large-scale solo exhibition at Chester Cathedral.

Twenty spectacular sculptures of animals and human figures will be displayed in the cathedral nave.

Former insurance agent Tony, of Kingsley, specialises in animals in action and works mainly with hammered copper and bronze. His portrayals of nature capture the spirit and the splendour of a whole menagerie of animals - ranging from the simplicity of a frog to the magnificence of a life-size Bengal tiger.

Tony is no stranger to Chester Cathedral. He was recently commissioned by the cathedral to produce a nearly life-size Nativity scene fashioned from hammered copper - including Joseph, Mary and a donkey.

Vice Dean Peter Howell-Jones said: “We are delighted to welcome more of Tony’s stunning sculpture work into the cathedral and are sure that visitors will enjoy this brand new exhibition. It will be fascinating to view the work in the unique concept of the cathedral nave and should increase our understanding of how sculpture can become part of a spiritual place.”

The exhibition opens on Wednesday February 5, and runs until the end of the month. It is free to enter and open daily Mon-Sat 9-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm.