Mackworth sculpture to 'conflict'


Derby City Council have commissioned the sculptor and stone carver Peter Maris to design and make a new ‘Memorial to Conflict’ which is funded by Mackworth College as part of a Section 106 agreement with Derby city Council. It will be installed at Mackworth District Centre in 2016 as part of the World War 1 Centenary commemorations and is also intended to provide a place for the contemplation, reflection and remembrance associated with all past and present conflicts. This artwork, which will be positioned close to the library, will be a contemporary artistic landmark designed to communicate the spirit of hope and unity for the future.

Peter has already carried out extensive work in 3 locals schools regarding this project. After initial presentations he 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 even a few quite brilliant concepts behind some of the artwork.

There will also be an artist’s blog in which the pupils work will feature along with design updates and with an invitation for members of the local community to comment and interact so that as many people as possible can feel part of the process. Project news and information about the blog will be posted at the Library and at the Mackworth Estate Community Association Charity Shop in Drayton Avenue. 

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.