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Sculptures paying homage to Sible Hedingham's industrial past unveiled

Sculptures celebrating the rich industrial and agricultural heritage of Sible Hedingham have been unveiled at a new housing development in the village.


02/01/2017 - General

Sculptures celebrating the rich industrial and agricultural heritage of Sible Hedingham have been unveiled at a new housing development in the village.

The installations have been created by artist Tim Ward for Bloor Homes’ Earl’s Garden development off Swan Street and pay homage to the area’s hop picking and brickmaking past, as well as its riverside location.

The scheme comprises a series of steel benches and waymarkers which feature information about historic local companies and the area’s wildlife.

Two of the benches are positioned in the new pocket park at the entrance to the development on Swan Street, with one depicting hop pickers and the other Ripper’s Joinery, while another historic local employer, Hedingham Brick & Tile Company, is featured on one of the six waymarkers which direct pedestrians towards the nearby Hedingham Riverside Walk.

The other two benches are located in the open space further inside the development, and depict two swans on rippling water with their images reflecting each other.

This is the third project which Tim, of public arts practice Circling the Square, has completed for Bloor Homes in the region, following installations at its developments in Witham and Kentford.

Tim, who has been creating sculptures for public spaces for the past 30 years, said: “When creating a piece of public art I always look for inspiration from the local area in order to try and capture the essence of a place.

“The two things which really stand out about Sible Hedingham are its rich industrial heritage and its beautiful riverside setting and this is what I have tried to reflect in the sculptures at Earl’s Garden.

“The feedback I have received from the parish council has been very positive and I hope the artwork will prove to be a landmark which draws people together and starts conversations.”

Jaimie Wragg, Regional Design & Technical Director for Bloor Homes Eastern, said: “This is the third time we have commissioned Tim to create a sculpture for one of our developments and we are delighted with the result.

“As well as enhancing the public open space at Earl’s Garden, the benches and waymarkers provide a fascinating insight into the history of the village, and I am sure they will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come.”