Many thanks to the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association for doing a great job of hosting the Marsh awards on Wednesday night.
It was an honour to have our work on the Blue Coat figures nominated in the Award for Excellence in Conservation category. Congratulations to Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd who won for their work on The Perseus & Andromeda Fountain at Witley Court and Gardens, Great Witley, Worcestershire. The project involved the cleaning and conservation of the entire Grade 1 listed fountain for English Heritage. The work also included the replacement of some stone elements such as a new hand for Andromeda.
The Judges Special Award went to Four Brick Relief sculptures created by local artist Rodney Harris and Valda Jackson. The Four Brick Reliefs were created for Peabody St John’s Hill Estate, in Wadsworth, London and were inspired by the estate’s history. They include clothing from World War II, garden tools and a sink. The sink is a modern reminder of the original communal washing facilities of the estate when it first opened.
The most prestigious award of the night was The Award of Excellence in Public Sculpture. The winner was Martin Jennings for his Women of Steel, at Holly Street, Sheffield. The bronze sculpture remembers the women of Sheffield who toiled in the steel industry during the two World Wars. In Martin’s acceptance speech he focused on how important a sense of space was to the work created to go in it. He described how he spends hours and sometimes days in a space before conceiving the details of a new sculpture. Martin commented: “This statue represents the camaraderie that helped these young women triumph over the exceptionally difficult task allotted to them.”
Find the PMSA at: www.pmsa.org.uk
Photos (c) various sources. Thank you.