Mackworth sculpture to 'conflict'
“The Mackworth ‘Memorial Sculpture to Conflict’ by artist Peter Maris is based upon consultation with local people and schools during 2015 who helped name the sculpture ‘Sun Ray’ but also contributed to the design process. It is designed to be a contemporary artistic landmark that will provide a place for the contemplation, reflection and remembrance associated with all past and present conflicts but also to communicate the spirit of hope and unity for the future.
“It was funded by Section 106 contributions and has been fabricated by a local company from Long Eaton Derbyshire. The sculpture is due to be ready for the WW1 centenary commemorations in November.”
The structure is made from Weathering steel (Core Ten) which is a hard wearing material used in the construction of tanks in WWII, contemporary landscaping and sculptures and memorials such as the “Angel of the North”. Weathering steel (Core-Ten) is low maintenance long lasting and once fully oxidised will colour from golden brown to a deep purple brown over time. The sculpture will also contain a stone carved frieze based on the actual carving workshops from three local schools and their understanding of peace and conflict.
Local schools contributions
After initial presentations artist Peter Maris encouraged pupils at Brackensdale Juniors, Reigate Primary and Murray Park Schools to consider all the issues around the theme of ‘conflict’ and how they might want to represent them visually. Selected pupils from those schools were then able to participate in carving workshops with Peter in which they had the opportunity to work in 3 dimensions and make artistic contributions for him to interpret as starting points for the proposed memorial. This type of creative experience was completely new to the pupils but they all worked extremely hard and produced some great ideas. “There are some quite brilliant concepts behind some of the artwork” said Peter.
It is Peter’s aim to produce a work that will hold significant focus and meaning for the Mackworth communities for many years to come as a Memorial to conflict in our world, not just as a marker to remember those that have served and fallen in the past but to also acknowledge all those to whom conflict is still an ever present and familiar reality.