Lichfield Sculpture Project launched at Cathedral

Two new visual arts projects were launched at Lichfield Cathedral this week, the Lichfield City Sculpture Trail and St Chad Statue project.

 

The Lichfield City Sculpture Trail is part of a Lichfield and District based project, and is the first sculpture trail for Lichfield, helping to highlight the many artistic treasures the city has to offer. The trail is part of the “City of Sculpture Project”, which has been developed over ten years, led by talented sculptor Peter Walker, and aims to increase participation, access and understanding of visual arts.

Artworks on the trail include ‘Sleeping Children’ within the Cathedral, ‘Captain Smith’ in Beacon Park Museum Gardens, ‘Dr Johnson Mosaic’ on Bird Street, ‘The Reading Girl’ on St John’s Road, ‘Samuel Johnson Monument’ in Market Square, and ‘The Formation of Poetry’ on Tamworth Road. The trail can be completed in approximately 2 hours, or visitors can choose to explore smaller sections of the city. It can also be completed using smartphones and tablets.

Mr Rob Carr, member of the project team, says: “The trail is the first part of a multi-layered arts initiative in the area. This is the first of many new exciting artist-led projects we are developing, which will help people view Lichfield and the district in a new way, through artists’ eyes.”

In addition to the City Sculpture Trail, the Cathedral also celebrated the launch of the St Chad Statue project. Peter Walker has been commissioned to design and create a major new artwork for the historic landmark, which will take the form of a 3m bronze representation of St Chad. The launch gave visitors an opportunity to see a model of his 3m bronze statue, as well as a series of design sketches. The St Chad statue will be a new feature in the Cathedral grounds in the next two years.

Sculptor, Mr Peter Walker says: “It’s a great privilege to be working to create a statue of such an important figure in the heritage if the area. For me, making public art is about involving the community in seeing the work through the stages of its development, therefore it’s wonderful that we have unveiled the maquette, a model of the final statue.”

More information on the Lichfield City Sculpture Trail can be found at www.thecityofsculpture.co.uk

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