Whilst installing ‘The Sisters’ in Ellesmere last June, Nick had this idea for a memorial to mark the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. This is the mockup that we produced of his initial idea, ‘The Oracle,’ set against the beautiful backdrop of Ellesmere. He is now looking for a suitable site for this powerful piece.
At the time, Nick made this statement: “In the six years of the Second World War, the UK lost some 60,000 civilians to the conflict. We have lost the same number in 3 months, to this devastating virus.” Today, one year on, the total deaths in the UK have surpassed 152,000.
“After both world wars there was a need for memorials in almost every town and village, and I feel there’s a need for a place of focus and contemplation: As a response to the premature and unexpected loss of so many lives.”
My sculptures are inspired by found natural forms that initially attract my attention. These may be flints, sea shells, driftwood or, more recently, split kindling for the fire.
I then develop these original forms in clay or plaster as a sculpture in the round: This is a working maquette (model). When I feel the piece is resolved, I then mould and cast it into cement. These maquettes constitute a body of work that I seek to build on a suitable scale for permanent siting in the landscape.