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Published: 19th Jul, 2021
The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire has launched an appeal to raise £16,000 for a sculpture to commemorate the difficult times people and communities have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sculpture, which will go on display in Shrewsbury Abbey later this year, will recognise those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in the fight against Covid and honour people whose lives were lost to it, and deeply affected by it.
Designed by Bridgnorth artist Paul Kennedy, the bronze and glass piece will be made up of two halves of a circle and include the fingerprints of people from across the County in the design.
Anna Turner said: “Many people have lost loved ones and everyone has had to make extraordinary sacrifices in their daily lives and in their businesses. Communities on all levels have pulled together to get us through.
“From the dedicated work of health and care staff, through frontline workers in a wide variety of roles, to many people helping their neighbours, our communities have risen to the challenge.
“To remember the people who have suffered and sadly died and to thank everyone for their enormous effort I believe that this beautiful sculpture created by Paul Kennedy will be a fitting tribute which will last long into the future.”
Paul Kennedy said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the Lord Lieutenant to create this sculpture. It is a very exciting but moving commission. The sculpture is created to be reflective as well as projecting hope, the main circle represents the divine life force or spirt that keeps our reality in motion. The void between the two halves is filled with coloured glass to represent a rainbow and is the symbol of hope and promise for a better future.
“On the concave side you will be faced with a warm reflective glow allowing for inner self reflection. The light from the rainbow bathing you in hope and promise of a better future and a feeling of collective joy and sense of community. The bronze sculpture will raised and grounded on Shropshire stone with a pink hue and tool marks from the original stone work in the Abbey will be replicated onto three sides of the base.”
Shropshire RCC is supporting the appeal by helping to collect the donations, which can be made through our Virgin Money Giving page here.
A 1/5th scale copy of the artwork is available to win through entering a prize draw, with 125 tickets available at £100 each. Raffle entries can be made here.