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 at Ben's studio. The statue and plinth were installed over 3 days from 14th - 16th April 202. Below are some photos of the work in progress and the completed statue and plinth.
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It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the statue and plinth to Ebenezer Howard has now been installed in Welwyn Garden City. This
was commissioned by the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation to mark the 100th anniversary of the town in 1920 by Ebenzer Howard.
The statue and concept for the project was created by local sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies, while the three rings of lettering on the Welsh slate plinth were designed and carved by myself.
Huge thanks are due to the tireless work of the Foundation, to Burgess's of Hatfield for supplying the slate and to MTEC of Ware for installing the plinth and statue.
I will be attending the following events, demonstrating letter carving and selling my work:
Living Crafts, Hatfield House, 17th-20th June 2021.
Childwickbury Arts Fair 2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2021.
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