A SCULPTOR from Cumbria has had his latest worked unveiled in London.

The sculpture of Piloto Luis Pardo, sculpted by Shawn Williamson from Troutbeck Bridge, was unveiled at the International Maritime Organisation, London.

Piloto Luis Pardo was a Chilean Navy hero who rescued Sir Ernest Shackleton's crew from Elephant Island in April 24, 1916, after the explorers went on an ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Shackleton's ship became trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea in January 1915. On October 27 the ship was crushed by the ice and sank. Shackleton and his crew of 27 made their way by foot, sledge and lifeboats to Elephant Island where they were rescued.

Piloto has been described as an 'unsung hero' after rescuing the crew.

On why he wanted to create this sculpture, Shawn said: "It was something I have wanted to do for some time. I am interested in Ernest and his exploration in Antarctica and this guy (Piloto) rescued the crew stranded on the island, he is an unsung hero really."

Shawn said the opportunity to take part in this project came about through a bursary through the Chile society and assistance from Gordon Greaves slate ltd, who were one of the sponsors of the project and where the sculpting took place.

Shawn was also supported by Harbro supplies who provided him with equipment and also the Bath and Portland company which assisted with the project.

The sculpting process itself took around six weeks from block to finishing the sculpture.

He said: "It's an enjoyable experience and other people who come on board love it, it's therapeutic."

At the unveiling of the sculpture, 50 guests were in attendance, including the four Ambassadors to the UK, several diplomats and members of the Chilean navy.

"You always like your work to be seen as there is a chance you will get more work from it," he added.

Over his career Shawn has been involved in 22 public commissions in the UK, including the Herdwick ram sculpture unveiled by the Prince of Wales.