Sunday 7th March 2021
Quorn Village Sculptures
A statement from the Parish Council website:
Quorn benefited from a Parish Council that in the 1990s set out to improve the village environment and was fortunate as part of this initiative to amass a collection of artworks which were placed around the village. Public art funding from village housing developments has seen the collection added to in Leicester Road and Fenny Copse.
The Bat Sculpture
The high number of bat species found in Quorn has been celebrated with this sculpture, located at The Bank, off Church Lane.
The sculpture represents six species of bats that are found in Quorn including one of England's rarest - the Leisler's bat. It was commissioned to reflect priority species particularly within the Quorn village and was unveiled on 18th October 2000 by Councillor Neville Bird, Mayor of Charnwood. In 2013 the Quorndon Parish Council funded the nearby granite plinth and plaque.
The material used is steel and it was designed by artist Martin Heron in collaboration with members of ‘Stepping Out’ and the ‘Socially Wheeled Active Group’ from the Rawlins Community College now Rawlins Academy.
The creation was funded through the Charnwood Borough Council's Biodiversity Community Art Programme which was run as part of their Biodiversity Action Plan.
Martin was originally from Northern Ireland and now lives in Nottinghamshire. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and The London Group. Mainly in steel, his art is found outdoors in public places. Locally, another of Martins works ‘Chariot’ can be viewed at the ASDA Thurmaston superstore.
Representations of the fire signs of the zodiac, Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius. The work is carved from a single piece of Ancaster limestone split into three and each piece being named separately ‘Dissipated Energy’, ‘Centre of Attention’, ‘Anxious Achiever’.
Lorraine studied for her undergraduate program in sculpture at Loughborough College of Art and Design and holds a Master of Arts in Drawing. Lorraine is now Programme Director of Fine Art at Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts. The sculpture was purchased by the Parish Council for £750 as part of a Public Art Partnership Scheme run jointly by Charnwood Borough Council and Loughborough University School of Art and Design.
The nearby plaque tells us that it is by Lorraine Young and dated 1997. It was placed on the gravel area on the High Street in front of Quorn Court in 1998.
The theme of Rachael’s Saddlestone is the Quorn Hunt and the sculpture is in the form of a saddle on a horse’s back. The material is millstone grit and it was sited on a concrete base in the sculpture garden in 1999.
Wright's Mill in the centre of the village once had a large chimney that was a landmark until 1997 when it was no longer needed it was dismantled. The chimney base was made from millstone grit, a coarse-grained sandstone which was donated by Michael Wright, Chairman and Managing Direct of M. Wright and Sons to the Loughborough College of Art and Design, now the Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts. A competition was held and students were asked to submit designs. Following selection by a Parish Council committee, the chosen five used the stone to sculpt. The cost to the Parish Council was £1000 (£200 for each commission).
This work was also part of the Wright's Chimney project. An abstract sculpture carved with forms based on tree roots. The work was originally sited at the junction of Wood Lane and Leicester Road Quorn and according to the Loughborough Echo (5th February 1999) it was received unfavourably by residents in the immediate vicinity - some disliked its siting while others found the carved shapes unpleasant suggestions of ‘entrails or even a pile of dog dirt’. The Parish Council at the time came up with a planting scheme to surround and disguise it. One resident thought it was rude reminding them of a couple making love. In the end it was re-sited to the Sculpture Garden (now Church View Gardens) where it is well suited and appreciated by the insects and birds that can be seen drinking from the water that pools in the natural hollows of the work.
Leaning is also part of the Wright's Chimney project. This sculpture is in the form of a giant pinecone and was inspired by the tall pine trees growing nearby. It was sited in 1999. Alyn gained his BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough University and is now Nottingham-based and Manager of The Crocus Gallery. He has exhibited in Canada, Ireland, Japan and throughout the UK.
In 2002 Alyn was awarded the Jaguar Sculpture Prize by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and in 2009 was awarded a prize from Charnwood Design Awards for public art. Another local work by Alyn titled ‘Mr Johnson’ can be viewed at Rothley Lodge.
This sculpture is situated on the peak of the gable of 17 High Street, Quorn. The building is Grade II Listed and was formally an hotel but is now a collection of apartments.
Michael Perry and David Granter of Architectural Design Limited, architects for the housing development on the site of the former Wakerley's Bakery, approached the Parish Council for suggestions on a piece of public art to be situated on the site. The council suggested that a quern stone would not only reflect the use of the former site but also the village's name. DG Design designed the installation and an associated engraving, which for some reason was not installed or went missing.
The piece was sited in 2006 using a reclaimed quern stone. According to the Village Design Statement, this item of public art is by a local artist and was installed in the new Wakerley Court development to add colour and interest.
Sculptor Ben Greenwood was commissioned by the Parish Council to design and produce a work as part of the Stafford Orchard 2010 refurbishment project which was funded by the National Lottery. £16000 was allocated for the work. The village was consulted to get some idea from a list of suggestions - classical, humorous, family, abstract, etc. Perhaps inevitably, the community divided its votes evenly between all the categories, so in the end the team had to decide.
Ben gained a BA Hons in graphic arts from the Leeds Metropolitan University and began his career at Aardman Animations, working on ‘Wallace and Gromit’, 'Creature Comforts', ‘Tortoise vs. Hare’, ‘Curse of the Wererabbit' and 'The Corpse Bride'. He is well known for his 'totem' style pieces.
The sculpture integrates the themes of children at play, water, dog walking, the park's history, and wildlife. It was cast by Le Blanc Studios at Saxby near Melton Mowbray. A subtle bat and the Q motif appears on the children's pockets.
Another of the five works from the Wright's Mill chimney project is sited in the Stafford Orchard overlooking the brook and being positioned there in 1999. The material is millstone grit coarse-grained sandstone. The form was derived from the vertebrae of a large mammal the reference being to the local fossil finds.
A related work of Michael's can be viewed in Barrow Upon Soar across the garden entrance to the Old Man’s Hospital and forms part of that village's Fossil Trail.
Michael studied Fine Art (sculpture) at Loughborough University, graduating in 1999. He went on to study Stone Masonry at York College, where he was awarded the S & J Whitehead Award for Stonemasonry. He spent 15 years working as a Stone Carver and Mason at Lincoln Cathedral. Today he works full-time as a sculptor, using the act of gilding to bring his works to life. In 2018 two pieces of Michel’s work were chosen to be the feature sculptures of Chris Beardshaw’s RHS Flower show garden.
An interpretation of the eighth character from Punjabi script. The sculptures L1 and L2 are a pair and were originally placed in the High Street Sculpture Garden in 1998 then, in 2010 relocated into the sensory garden on Stafford Orchard. They were sculptured in 1997 from Ancaster limestone. The sculpture, along with Gurga was purchased by the Parish Council for £3000 as part of a Public Art Partnership scheme run jointly by the Charnwood Borough Council and Loughborough School of Art and Design.
Amerjit graduated from Loughborough University School of Art & Design in 1997 and continues to work as an independent artist and has several works sited throughout the country. A distinctive work ‘Dialogue’ which was a joint effort with Lorraine Young can be seen locally as part of the Loughborough University Sculpture Trail.
An interpretation of the sixth character from Punjabi script. The sculptures L1 and L2 are a pair and were originally placed in the High Street Sculpture Garden in 1998 then, in 2010 relocated into the sensory garden on Stafford Orchard. They were sculptured in 1997 from Ancaster limestone.
Amerjit graduated from Loughborough School of Art & Design in 1997 and continues to work as an independent artist and has several works sited throughout the country. A distinctive work ‘Dialogue’ which was a joint effort with Lorraine Young can be seen locally as part of the Loughborough University Sculpture Trail.
Community of Foxes
Sculptor Graeme Mitcheson graduated from Loughborough College of Art in 1995 and was commissioned by David Wilson homes in 2014 to produce a series of six granite sculptures. 25 tonnes of granite (Granodiorite) were ordered from the local quarry. Graeme working with Quorn Artist Jo Sheppard and 140 Year 5 and Year 6 students from St. Bartholomew’s School plus Rawlins Academy art students produced their own sketches and sculpture ideas. The resulting proposals were presented at a public consultation held at the Quorn Church Rooms in 2015.
Graeme works mainly with carved stone creating large scale public artworks including the Naval Service Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Standing Deer (Muntjac)
Collection of Bats
The final Wright's Mill chimney project work was sited on the verge of the Barrow Road/Farley Way roundabout in 1999. Sara’s theme was based on the fossil finds for which the area is known. A related work by Sara titled Trilobite II is situated in Barrow Upon Soar and forms part of that village's Fossil Trail.
Sarah Spencer graduated from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 1999 with 1st class Hons degree in Sculpture. Since then she has worked in special effects, an exhibition co-ordinator for Q Arts, Derby and fine Art Tutor for Aberystwyth University. She has won The Henry Moore and Royal College of Art Figuring Sculpture Award and has an MA from Aberystwyth School of Art.
These works are on private land in a courtyard at the academy, accessible by prior appointment only. Assisted by Graeme they were designed and mostly carved by the students themselves. The three carved stone sculptural seats were sited in 2010.
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