Welwyn Garden City Centenary Inscription

PLINTH FOR STATUE OF EBENEZER HOWARD

In 2019, I was commissioned by the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation to carve three rings of lettering on a Welsh slate plinth. Standing on the plinth, is a 2.2 metre tall bronze statue of Ebenezer Howard, made by the Hertfordshire based sculptor Ben Twiston Davies. Commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the town, Ben's concept was to emphasise Howard's commitment to peaceful progress. Ben chose words from William Blake's Jerusalem as they spoke to the energy and drive of Howard.

I began design work on the plinth in mid-2019 and carving was due to start in the spring of 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project and carving took place between October 2020 and February 2021 at both Parndon Mill and Ben's studio. The statue and plinth were installed over 3 days from 14th - 16th April 2021. Below are some photos of the work in progress and the completed statue and plinth.